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After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856)

'Napoléon à Ste Hélène' 1857-58

Albumen print? | RCIN 2160806

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Photograph of a drawing by Delaroche, drafted around 1852 as preparatory for an enormous painting that was never completed. Although the drawing was later destroyed, an oil-study survives at the Royal Collection (RCIN 404876). The work depicts Napoleon I (1769-1821) at St Helena, the island on which he was exiled from 1815 to 1821. The abdicated emperor is shown full-length, seated on a ledge on a promontory overlooking the sea. He faces the spectator, resting his head on his right hand, his right elbow propped on a niche in the rock beside him; he wears a brooding or melancholic expression.

  • Creator(s)

    After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

    Napoléon I, Emperor of the French (1769-1821)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Islands of the Indian and Atlantic oceans
        • Saint Helena