1416 Vive L'Empereur!" Napoleon III


Print: Baxter - CL 227 - There are two versions of this print, the earlier and rarer version shows him with a short moustache but the plate appears have been quickly altered to this and hence why it is generally referred to as "Napoleon III - long moustache."

The coup d'etat was in 1851, and Napoleon was proclaimed Emperor in December, 1852. He married Eugenie Montijo (who Baxter also issued as Empress Eugene) on January 30th, 1853.


The Emperor and Empress were in England in April, 1855, where he received the Order of the Garter, which is not shown in the print.


In August, 1855, there appeared an advertisement of this print as follows: "The Emperor and Empress of the French (the most striking likeness of their Imperial Majesties yet published)."


Baxter doesn’t give a publication date on the plate but the information above must mean that it was published between 1853 and 1855. It was sold originally at 1s.


Date: Circa 1854


Size (cm ht x w): 10.7 x 7.5


State: Mounted on old card


Condition: Very minor ‘nick’ to very top of print edge, please see image, else excellent

Vive L'Empereur!" Napoleon III

SKU: 1416

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