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Bust of Napoleon


Museum number: M589

Curatorial note

This plaster bust was originally thought by Soane to be after a bust of Napoleon by the Venetian sculptor Antonio Canova. However, it is in fact most likely to be based upon (or a cast of) a similar bust by Antoine-Denis Chaudet now in the Louvre in Paris. It is not known how the bust came into Saone’s possession but it is shown in an engraved view of the Colonnade published in Soane’s last Description of his house (1835) and drawn c.1834.

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