Napoleon's Eagle

A work made of stipple and engraving on ivory wove paper.

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  • A work made of stipple and engraving on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1842

Artist:

Henry Thomas Ryall
English, 1811-1867

About this artwork

Napoleon Bonaparte’s profile appears in silhouette before the setting sun, mourned by an eagle with a downcast head. The print’s title references the emperor’s penchant for using sculpted gilt eagles on top of his battle standards, which were variations on similar eagles sported by Roman legions. The British animal painter Edwin Landseer, who produced the design for this memorial roundel, specialized in poignant scenes of pets lamenting their owner’s demise. Curiously, here he turned the emperor’s standard into an actual bird.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Henry Thomas Ryall

Title

Napoleon's Eagle

Origin

England

Date

1842–5000001

Medium

Stipple and engraving on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

180 mm (diameter of plate); 364 × 312 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Col. Robert R. McCormick

Reference Number

1954.1185

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