Description Born Marie-Josèph-Rose Tascher de la Pagerie in Trois-Islets, Martinique, she married Alexandre de Beauharnais. As his widow, she married Bonaparte in 1796. As Empress, her extravagance, rumored infidelity, and failure to bear Napoleon a male heir, caused Napoleon to annul their marriage in 1810. Retaining the title of empress, Josephine retired to Malmaison, where she continued to entertain in high style. Czar Alexander I was her benefactor until her death.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Bottom center: David; [Inscription] On left: Lapagerie Bonaparte; [Inscription] On obverse: FUMIÈRE / ET CIE SUCRS - THIEBAUT FRES / PARIS
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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