Barye drew this study in preparation for modeling General Bonaparte. It differs from the final bronze in that it shows Napoleon wearing a bicorn hat decorated with plumes. Napoleon held the rank of general from 1793 to 1799.
Provenance: Mme Vildieu-Barye; Fabius Frères, Paris; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Object Type: sketches; drawings
Medium: graphite on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured laid paper
Inscriptions: [Stamp] Collection/ Vildieu-Barye.
Exhibitions: Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach. 2007-2008., The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Dimensions: 6 3/16 x 3 15/16 in. (15.7 x 10 cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 1949
Classification: Painting & Drawing
Accession Number: 37.2238
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