Three piece suit dating to 1770-1780.
Set consists of jacket, waistcoat and breeches carved celadon green velvet. It is decorated with a meandering embroidery silks, sequins, powders and glasses that draw floral motifs.
Lord Byron (1788-1824): poet, aristocrat and legendary lover.
Hugh Douglas Hamilton had a bit of a thing for oval portraits…
Napoleon from Edmund J. Sullivan’s The French Revolution, 1910
Any ideas what’s going on?
Hmmm. That thing on the end of death’s fishing line is looking like the basket the nobles’ heads used to fall into after being guillotined during the Terror. Maybe the allegory here is a warning for Napoleon not fall into the trap of becoming that which you hate (by crowning himself Emperor and possibly sharing the same fate).
Well that was fun (Napoleon-obsessed history geek in me jumping up and down)
Especially taking into account that he is standing on the graves.
Maybe he picked up the crown from the basket?
"General Bonaparte with his Military Staff in Egypt", 1863, Jean-Léon Gérôme.
It was today ! 21 july 1798 !
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Illustration to “Sentimental Journey” by Lawrence Sterne - the dance at Amiens. Pen and grey ink and watercolour , by W Harding 1787-1792. (British Museum)