Napoleon - An Intimate Portrait


Leather portfolio used by Paul Barras at the National Convention, 1792-95

Leather portfolio used by Paul Barras at the National Convention, 1792-95

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Paul Barras was a founding member of the five-member "Directory" entrusted in the new constitution of 1795 with the executive power. He was also the most important political figure of Napoleon's early career, making him a full general in command of the Army of Italy at 26. Barras also introduced his protégé to the Creole beauty Marie-Joséphe-Rose de Beauharnais, soon to be known forevermore as Joséphine.

Gilt-tooled red Morocco leather with silver clasp


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A Traveling Exhibition from Russell Etling Company (c) 2011