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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

Works of Art Exhibited at Marlborough House, 1854: Snuff Box, carved in Steel 1854

Albumen print | 9.2 x 18.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2800190

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Photograph of a  round, steel snuff box, laid out to show the top and bottom halves. The box is entirely carved with a leaf design scrollwork. The lid, on the right, has a small circular medallion in the centre. The medallion features a head-length profile portrait of Napoleon (1769-1821), facing right. The portrait is surrounded by an inscription reading: 'NAPOLEON EMP. DES FRANCAIS'.
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Napoléon I, Emperor of the French (1769-1821)
  • 9.2 x 18.0 cm (image)

  • 'Snuff Box, carved in Steel'

  • Commissioned by Henry Cole. Later acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Marlborough House [London]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Numismatics
          • Medallions