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Title The Departure of Napoleon for Elba
Collection South Shields Museum and Art Gallery
Artist After Vernet, Horace (French painter, 1789-1863)
Date Earliest probably 1831
Date Latest probably 1831
Description (Emile Jean) Horace Vernet was a talented French painter who enjoyed an oustandingly successful public career, many of his works best known for their celebration of French military prowess. The work from which this painting is taken has been much copied, and depicts the moment when Napoleon takes leave of the Imperial guard outside the Palace of Fontainebleau, before his exile to Elba in 1815. The officers to the right are representatives of the Allied armies and are considerably less emotional than the Frenchmen on the left.
Current Accession Number TWCMS:G5229
Former Accession Number SS 260 (147)
Inscription front lr 'D'apres Horace Vernet//1831'
Subject figure (Napoleon); military and war; history (departure of Napoleon for Elba); place (Fontainebleau)
Measurements 81.8 x 101.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Mrs Percy 1893-1894.
Publications South Shields Museum, The New Quarters, Daily Gazette, South Shields, 24 August 1898.
Notes The work is possibly from the bequest of four oil paintings made to South Shields by Mrs Percy, of Hanton, County Durham, 1893-1894, listed in the Annual Reports, South Shields Libraries and Museums Committee. It was mentioned in conjunction with the Museum in the South Shields Daily Gazette in 1898, but is not however listed in the October 1929 Inventory of Pictures. It is listed in the November 1947 Inventory of Pictures, as no. 150 (Military Subject - Meeting of Wellington and Blucher;), valuation 5.0.0
Rights Owner South Shields Museum and Art Gallery (Tyne and Wear Museums)
Author Elizabeth van der Beugel



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