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Napoléon Bonaparte

(1769-1821), Emperor of France 1804-14

Sitter associated with 86 portraits
Napoleon, the Emperor of France from 1804-1815, was one of the most notorious of Britain's political enemies.

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'The plumb-pudding in danger: - or - state epicures taking un petit souper' (William Pitt; Napoléon Bonaparte), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12840

'The plumb-pudding in danger: - or - state epicures taking un petit souper' (William Pitt; Napoléon Bonaparte)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 26 February 1805
NPG D12840

'The surrender of Ulm - or - Buonapartè & Genl Mack, coming to a right understanding', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12851

'The surrender of Ulm - or - Buonapartè & Genl Mack, coming to a right understanding'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 6 November 1805
NPG D12851

'Ci-devant occupations - or - Madame Talian and the Empress Josephine dancing naked before Barrass in the Winter of 1797 - a fact! -', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13042

'Ci-devant occupations - or - Madame Talian and the Empress Josephine dancing naked before Barrass in the Winter of 1797 - a fact! -'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 20 February 1805
NPG D13042

'The grand coronation procession of Napoleone the 1st Emperor of France, from the church of Notre-Dame Decr 2d 1804', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13109

'The grand coronation procession of Napoleone the 1st Emperor of France, from the church of Notre-Dame Decr 2d 1804'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, engraving and aquatint, published 1 January 1805
NPG D13109

'St George and the dragon' (Britannia; Napoléon Bonaparte; King George III), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13111

'St George and the dragon' (Britannia; Napoléon Bonaparte; King George III)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 2 August 1805
NPG D13111

'Tiddy-doll, the great French-gingerbread-baker; drawing out a new batch of kings', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12857

'Tiddy-doll, the great French-gingerbread-baker; drawing out a new batch of kings'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 January 1806
NPG D12857

'Comfort's of a bed of roses' (William Pitt; Elizabeth Bridget Fox (née Cane); Charles James Fox; Napoléon Bonaparte), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12864

'Comfort's of a bed of roses' (William Pitt; Elizabeth Bridget Fox (née Cane); Charles James Fox; Napoléon Bonaparte)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 21 April 1806
NPG D12864

'The magnanimous-minister, chastising Prussian-perfidy', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12865

'The magnanimous-minister, chastising Prussian-perfidy'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 2 May 1806
NPG D12865

'Westminster conscripts under the training act', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12872

'Westminster conscripts under the training act'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 September 1806
NPG D12872

'News from Calabria! - capture of Buenos Ayres! - i.e. - the comforts of an imperial déjeuné at St Cloud's', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12873

'News from Calabria! - capture of Buenos Ayres! - i.e. - the comforts of an imperial déjeuné at St Cloud's'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 13 September 1806
NPG D12873

'Posting to the election, - a scene on the road to Brentford, Novr 1806', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13113

'Posting to the election, - a scene on the road to Brentford, Novr 1806'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 December 1806
NPG D13113

'Political mathematician's, shaking the Broad Bottom'd hemispheres', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12884

'Political mathematician's, shaking the Broad Bottom'd hemispheres'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and engraving, published 9 January 1807
NPG D12884

'British tars, towing the Danish fleet into harbour', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12896

'British tars, towing the Danish fleet into harbour'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 October 1807
NPG D12896

Napoléon Bonaparte, by J.P. Simon, after  Unknown artist - NPG D17991

Napoléon Bonaparte

by J.P. Simon, after Unknown artist
hand-coloured stipple engraving, 1807
NPG D17991

'Delicious dreams! - Castles in the air! - Glorious prospects!', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12905

'Delicious dreams! - Castles in the air! - Glorious prospects!'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 10 April 1808
NPG D12905

Napoléon Bonaparte ('Apotheosis of the Corsican-phoenix'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12910

Napoléon Bonaparte ('Apotheosis of the Corsican-phoenix')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 2 August 1808
NPG D12910

Napoléon Bonaparte ('The valley of the shadow of death'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12912

Napoléon Bonaparte ('The valley of the shadow of death')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 24 September 1808
NPG D12912

'The apples and the horse-turds; - or - Buonaparte among the golden pippins', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13033

'The apples and the horse-turds; - or - Buonaparte among the golden pippins'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 24 February 1808
NPG D13033

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