© National Portrait Gallery, London
Frontispiece to Henry Tresham's 'Britannicus to Buonaparte: an Heroic Epistle' (Napoléon Bonaparte)
by James Gillray, published by John Hatchard, after Henry Tresham Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 1 November 1803
9 7/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (251 mm x 174 mm) paper size
- Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821), Emperor of France 1804-14. Sitter associated with 85 portraits.
- James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- John Hatchard (1769-1849). Artist associated with 4 portraits.
- Henry Tresham (1749?-1814), Painter. Artist associated with 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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