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Point Breeze, the Estate of Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte at Bordentown, New Jersey

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Attributed to Charles Lawrence
American, active 1813–1837

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Although based in Philadelphia, landscape and portrait painter Charles Lawrence was born near Bordentown, New Jersey, the site of the idyllic scene pictured here. Point Breeze was the name of the country estate owned by Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte (the older brother of the French emperor Napoleon I), who fled to America after his brother’s fall from power. Under a warm, golden light, Napoleon’s homestead presides atop a hill, with a stone bridge, lake, curving paths, gently sloping hills, and bucolic vegetation creating a picturesque vista. The artist’s tight, detailed style, infused with green and autumnal hues, aptly captures the romantic feel of this cultivated landscape.


On View, Gallery 168


Arts of the Americas


Charles B. Lawrence


Point Breeze, the Estate of Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte at Bordentown, New Jersey


Philadelphia (Place depicted)

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c. 1817–1820


Oil on canvas


68.6 × 92.7 cm (27 × 36 1/2 in.)

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Through prior acquisition of the Friends of American Art Collection

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