Bonaparte - An Equestrian Portrait of the Premier Consul, 1801
Bonaparte - An Equestrian Portrait of the Premier Consul, 1801
Bonaparte - An Equestrian Portrait of the Premier Consul, 1801
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Bonaparte - An Equestrian Portrait of the Premier Consul, 1801

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Overall: 43cm (17in  x 34cm (13.4in)

Watercolour on paper. Bonaparte astride Marengo, the small light grey Arab stallion purchased in Egypt in 1799, and wearing the red uniform of a consul of the republic, with short hair. Contained in a period giltwood frame under verre eglomise. 

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Fresh from victories in the East and with his rival for control of the armies recently deceased, General Napoleon Bonaparte was swept to power by the bloodless Coup of 18 Brumaire (9 November 1799) that overthrew the Directory, and effectively ended Revolutionary period.The Consulate remained the top-tier of French government until the advent of the Napoleonic Empire on 18 May 1804. During this period, Napoleon Bonaparte established himself as the head of a more authoritarian, autocratic, and centralized republican government while not declaring himself sole ruler.