Jacques Marquet de Montbreton de Norvins (1769 - 1854) had a varied career as a government official, soldier and diplomat. He also published a history of Napoleon.

At the time the picture is said to have been painted he was Chief of Police in the Napoleonic government in Rome. His residence in the city is referred to here by the bronze bust, a personification of Rome which is now in the Vatican, Museo Chiarimonti in Rome.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1780 - 1867
Full title
Monsieur de Norvins
Date made
1811-12
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, laid down on panel
Dimensions
97.2 x 78.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1918
Inventory number
NG3291
Location in Gallery