This old bronze print is based on one of Bonaparte's busts published by the manufacture of Sèvres. It was at the beginning of 1798 that Louis-Simon Boizot, then chief artist at the time, gave the plaster model of General Bonaparte's bust back to the plaster cast.
Although Louis-Simon Boizot certainly did not see Bonaparte, contemporary testimonies prove the great resemblance of the work with the model: the long hair, the emaciated face are those of the young conqueror during his return from the first Italian campaign in December 1797. He wears the general uniform of the Republic embroidered with oak leaves and acorns.
As early as 1800, Louis-Simon Boizot executed a bust of Bonaparte in Consul uniform for the manufacture of Sèvres, slightly different from this specimen.
Reproduction in patinated resin.
Height: 29.5 cm.
Width: 14 cm.
Depth: 10 cm.
Artist: Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809).
Museum: Rueil-Malmaison - Museum of the castles of Malmaison and Bois-Préau.
Artistic current: XVIIIth century.