Description The young Napoleon (1769-1821) is represented with long hair and wearing the uniform of a general in the French army, a rank he held between 1793 and 1799, the year he overthrew the Directory (the government during the last phase of the Revolution) and replaced it with the Consulate, in which he served as First Consul. He declared himself emperor in 1804. The forelock and mane of his majestic horse are braided as for a ceremonial occasion. Barye produced several sculptures of Bonaparte, both monumental and small-scale, over the course of his career.
- The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
- An Exhibition of the Treasures of The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton; Pace Wildenstein Gallery, New York. 1967.
- 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.
Provenance Ferdinand Barbedienne; William T. Walters, Baltimore, October 27, 1884, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent] or Mrs. Barye; William T. Walters, Baltimore, April 7, 1888, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent] [in both cases, the "Duke of Orleans" was also purchased at the same time. Walters may have retained the second set and disposed of the Barbedienne casts]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Cast through from model: BARYE; [Number] On paper label on base: Walters 96
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1884
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