Napoléon Wearing the Coronation Regalia of the King of Italy
Jean-Baptiste IsabeyProvenance - December 1852
Six months after the coronation in Paris, the Emperor was crowned King of Italy in Milan. Isabey executed this drawing in December 1852, at the time of Napoléon IIIs coup detat. Napoléon III was the son of Joséphines daughter, Queen Hortense of Holland, and of Napoléons brother, Louis, the King of Holland. This birth of the Second Empire in France provided inspiration for the artists sentimental souvenir (remembrance) of the First Empire.
Historical Provenance - Prince Napoléon Murat collection