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Felicity of France

A work made of engraving with etching in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving with etching in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1810/14

Artist:

Unknown Artist
French, early 19th century

About this artwork

This allegorical image of Felicity, or Happiness, celebrates Napoleon’s second marriage, to the Austrian archduchess Marie-Louise. The newlyweds appear in portrait miniatures held aloft by Felicity, perhaps a clever comment on the fact that they were introduced and engaged to each other via the intermediary of painted portraits. Indeed, on first seeing her bridegroom in the flesh, Marie-Louise is said to have remarked, “You are much better looking than your portrait.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Title

Felicity of France

Date

1810–1814

Medium

Engraving with etching in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

456 × 352 mm (image); 545 × 398 mm (plate); 572 × 420 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Col. Robert R. McCormick

Reference Number

1954.1156

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