The emperor Napoleon Bonaparte is depicted wearing the cross and plaque of the Légion d'Honneur and the cross of the Order of the Iron Crown, both of which orders he founded.

This is one of three portraits of Napoleon painted by Vernet for Lord Kinnaird in 1815-16, and may be based on a sketch made from the life by the artist in 1812.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1789 - 1863
Full title
The Emperor Napoleon I
Date made
1815
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
72.4 x 59.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Duke of Leinster, 1889
Inventory number
NG1285
Location in Gallery