The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 186

Bust of Napoleon I

Object details

Object Type: Salted Paper Print

Mount: Art Union page

John Pascoe Fawkner

Owner: State Library Victoria, Melbourne

Object owner number: RARESF 705 ARJ7

This object is part of Schaaf no. 186

Bust of Napoleon I

Keywords: sculpture

The portrait bust in this photograph by Talbot is of Napoleon I (1769-1821) and is probably a statuette after the original by Antoine-Denis Chaudet (1763-1810).

Chaudet made his original plaster model for the portrait bust of Napoleon in 1799. The final marble version of the bust, made from Chaudet’s original plaster model, dates from 1804 and became the official portrait of Napoleon. As such it was widely-reproduced in different materials and sizes. For example, porcelain versions of the bust were made in three sizes by the Sèvres porcelain factory from 1805. Similarly, around 1,200 marble versions of the portrait bust were carved by the workshops at Carrera between 1807 and 1809. These marble versions were intended for display in public buildings in France, however many of them were destroyed when the Bourbon monarchy was restored in 1814.