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A Short Life of Napoleon Bonaparte free pdf Excerpt from A Short Life of Napoleon Bonaparte The chief source of illustration for this volume, as in the case of the Napoleon papers in McClure's Magazine, is the great collection of engravings of Mr. Gardiner G. Hubbard, which has been generously placed at the service of the publishers. In order to make the illustration still more comprehensive, a representative of McClure's Magazine and an authorized agent of Mr. Hubbard visited Paris, to seek there whatever it might be desirable to have in the way of additional pictures which were not within the scope of Mr. Hubbard's splendid collection. They secured the assistance of M. Armand Dayot, Inspecteur des Beaux-Arts, who possessed rare qualifications for the task. His official position he owed to his familiarity with the great art collections, both public and private, of France, and his official duties made him especially familiar with the great paintings relating to French history. Besides, he was a specialist in Napoleonic iconography. On account of his qualifications and special knowledge, he had been selected by the great house of Hachette et Cie. to edit their book on Napole on raconte par I'Image, which was the first attempt to bring together in one volume the most important pictures relating to the military, political, and private life of Napoleon. M. Dayot had just completed this task, and was fresh from his studies of Napoleonic pictures, when his aid was secured by the publishers of McClure's Magazine, in supplementing the Hubbard collection. The work was prosecuted with the one aim of omitting no important picture. When great paintings indispensable to a complete pictorial life of Napoleon were found, which had never been either etched or engraved, photographs were obtained, many of these photographs being made especially for our use. A generous selection of pictures was made from the works of Raffet and Charlet. M. Dayot was able also to add a number of pictures - not less than a score - of unique value, through his personal relations with the owners of the great private Napoleonic collections. Thus were obtained hitherto unpublished pictures, of the highest value, from the collections of Monseigneur Due d'Aumale- of H. I. H., Prince Victor Napoleon- of Prince Roland- of Baron Larrey, the son of the chief surgeon of the army of Napoleon- of the Duke of Bassano, son of the minister and confidant of the emperor- of Monsieur Edmond Taigny, the friend and biographer of Isabey- of Monsieur Albert Christophle, Governor-General of the Credit-Foncier of France- of Monsieur Paul le Roux, who has perhaps the richest of the Napoleonic collections- and of Monsieur le Marquis de Girardin, son-in-law of the Due de Gaete, the faithful Minister of Finance of Napoleon I. It will be easily understood that no doubt can be. raised as to the authenticity of documents borrowed from such sources. The following letter explains fully the plan on which Mr. Kubbard's collection is arranged, and shows as well its admirable completeness. It gives, too, a classification of the pictures into periods, which will be useful to the reader. Dear Sir: - It is about fourteen years since I became interested in engravings, and I have since that time made a considerable collection, including many portraits, generally painted and engraved during the life of the personage. I have from two hundred to three hundred prints relating to Napoleon, his family, and his generals. The earliest of these is a portrait of Napoleon painted in 1791, when he was twenty-two years old- the next in date was engraved in 1796. There are many in each subsequent year, and four prints of drawings made immediately after his death. There are few men whose characters at different periods of life are so distinctly marked as Napoleon's, as will appear by an examination of these prints."

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Author : Ida M Tarbell
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331269288
EAN : 9781331269281
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Number of Pages : 518 pages
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