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A Bust of Napoleon Bonaparte - First Consul For Life

Bronze. Based on the bust produced by Simon Louis Boizot (1743-1809) for the Sevres porcelain factory, this late nineteenth century bust depicts the thirty-three year old Bonaparte in the year he proclaimed himself First Consul For Life. He is depicted in the dress coat of a consul of the republic as seen in the portraits commissioned from the painters Gros and Ingres. Across his right shoulder he wears the sword belt styled in the fashion of the consulate, though no longer sporting the long hair of the revolutionary general. Bonaparte was anxious at this point in his rise to be seen as an able and conscientious civil administrator of both France and recently annexed territory. His victory at Marengo in 1800 handed him the political authority and the popular support to secure ‘dictatorship by plebiscite’.

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