Antique Aquatint Print-NAPOLEON EMERGING FROM TOMB-Jazet after Vernet-1840



Allegory on the transfer of Napoleon’s remains from Saint Helena to Paris. Very rare.


Caption: ‘Je desire que mes cendres reposent sur les bords de la Seine, au milieu de ce peuple Francais que j’ai tant aime.’  (It is my wish that my ashes may repose on the banks of the Seine, in the midst of the French people, whom I have loved so well.) This is a quote from the Emperor’s last will and testament. The scene depicts Napoleon, crowned with a laurel wreath, lifting the stone slab of his tomb, emerging from the vault and throwing off his shroud in a halo of eternal light.

Line and aquatint etching on wove (vellin) paper.

Size sheet: c. 59 x 72.5 cm.

Condition: Irregular paper edges. Small tear at top right extending into image, backed. Ghosting from previous matting/framing in margins. Some soiling. Due to size sheet a bit creased vertically in middle in printing process. General age related toning and imperfections fom handling. Please study scans carefully.

By Jean-Pierre-Marie Jazet (1788-1871) after a painting by Horace Vernet (1789-1863). Jazet bought the painting on may 25th 1840, in the same year the remains of Napoleon were returned to France. The painting is now in the Demidov collection. This print was executed in 1840

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