Benjamin Robert Haydon, Napoléon Bonaparte (based on a version of 1830)
Haydon portrait of Napoléon


In 1829, Benjamin Robert Haydon painted a first version of Napoleon Musing after Sunset, which was exhibited at the Western Exchange in 1830.  Haydon later painted 23 versions and replics of this work, including the one pictured here.  The later full-length version was titled Napoleon Musing at St. Helena.  In 1831, William Wordsworth wrote of this painting, "If I can command my thoughts I will write something about your Picture, in prose for the Muse has forsaken me - being scared away by the villainous aspect of the Times."  Image:  Benjamin Robert Haydon, Napoleon Musing at St Helena.  This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

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Felluga, Dino Franco. "Benjamin Robert Haydon, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1839)." Omnibus Edition of "On a Portrait of Wordsworth." Eds. Dino Franco Felluga, Joshua King, Christopher Rovee and Marjorie Stone. The COVE: The Central Online Victorian Educator, [Here, add your last date of access to The COVE].

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circa. 1830