Print: Baxter - CL 229 - This is the first version of Baxter’s two prints of this famous person, the nephew of Napoleon I. It seems to have only been issued for a short time before the plate was amended to show a long pointed moustache, for which Napoleon became famous, most probably due to Emperors change in fashion and Baxter wanting to depict the best possible likeness. Hence this version is known as Short Moustache


Courtney Lewis states ”The coup d'etat was in 1851, and Napoleon was proclaimed Emperor in December, 1852, at the age of 44, and married Eugenie Montijo (also printed by Baxter and copies usually in stock) on January 30th, 1853, who was then aged 26.  The Court, presided over by this pair, was brilliant, but was neither a model of morals in conversation and behaviour nor of decorousness in clothing, as the transparency of the latter was notorious: for instance, Princess Pauline Metternich, at a State ball at the Tuileries, in the presence of Napoleon III and the Empress, appeared with her hair hanging down her back and nude to the waist.” 


The pair saw out their later days in England after being exiled in 1871. It was sold originally at 1s. 


Date: 1854


Size (cm ht x w): 10.7 x 7.7 (print) 23 x 19 9 (frame)


State: On stamped mount as issued in old gilt frame


Condition: The mount has overall light toning, print colours are very good, frame has age related nicks and rubs

Vive L'Empereur!" Napoleon III  - SHORT moustache – SM

SKU: 1515

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