For the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, we’ve produced a series of films exploring objects in the Collection which shine a light on that explosive era.
We can thank the 4th Marquess of Hertford, one of our founders, for our large collection of Napoleonic objects, from state commissioned miniatures to later images by pro-bonapartist painters.
Hertford was just one of many who held a deep fascination with Napoleon, having spent his early boyhood in Napoleonic Paris, while his mother, the 3rd Marchioness of Hertford, was on friendly terms with some of Napoleon’s most senior officers and ministers, including Junot, Duroc and Talleyrand.
Watch the videos below to discover the stories behind some of our objects.
Laura Langelüddecke, our Assistant Curator, has been investigating François-Aimé Damerat’s statue of Emperor Napoleon I and discovering its surprisingly controversial past.
Pierre-Paul Prud’hon’s The Empress Joséphine
In this video Laura Langelüddecke, our Assistant Curator, has been investigating a painting of the Empress Joséphine, Napoleon’s first wife, by one of her favourite artists Pierre-Paul Prud’hon.
Andrew Morton’s The Duke of Wellington with Colonel Gurwood at Apsley House
In this video Hayley Flynn, our Curator of Old Master Pictures and British Paintings, has been looking at one of our lesser known paintings of the British commander at Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington.
Brief Encounter: Loved by Empress Joséphine, furniture and paintings
Wednesday 24 June, 1pm
Napoleon the Great
Friday 10 July, 6.30 – 8.30pm. Book tickets here.