Sketch of Costume of General Bonaparte

Antoine-Louis Baryeca. 1862

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

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.


  • Title: Sketch of Costume of General Bonaparte
  • Creator: Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1795 - 1875)
  • Date Created: ca. 1862
  • Subject Keywords: military; portrait; historical; portrait; clothing; Napoleon I
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1795 - 1875)
  • 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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