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Maker(s):Gillray, James
Culture:British (1756-1815)
Title:The Grand Coronation Procession of Napoleon the 1st Emperor of France, from the Church of Notre-Dame, Decr 2d 1804
Date Made:Published January 1, 1805
Materials:etching, engraving with aquatint and hand-coloring
Measurements:Sheet: 11 1/8 in x 32 7/8 in; 28.3 cm x 83.5 cm; Plate: 9 1/4 in x 30 3/8 in; 23.5 cm x 77.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2002.362
Credit Line:Museum Purchase
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Gillray's most famous and elaborate lampoon of the royal couple, this print appeared on New Year's Day in 1805, less than a month after the coronation; it was said to have enraged Napoleon whenever he saw it. In the center of the composition, a bloated Josephine marches proudly forward; at her side, the emperor is lost in his oversized and excessively ornamented costume. While this caricature is meant to degrade Napoleon, it acknowledges the reality captured in many other images: Josephine wielded significant power, influence, and ambition.
Captions in the lower margin identifying individuals and groups following the processional order (r. to l.): 1. His Imperial Highness Prince Louis-Buonoparte Marboeuf - High Constable of the Empire. 2. The Three Imperial Graces, viz. Their High Princess Borghese, Princess Louis (cher amie of ye Emperor) & Princess Joseph Bonaparte. 3. Madame Talleyrand (ci devant Mrs Halhead the Prophetess conducting the Heir Apparent in the ye Path of Glory. 4. Talleyrand-Perigord. - Prime Minister and King at Arms bearing the Emperor's Genealogy. 5. His Holiness Pope Pius VII, - conducted by his old faithful friend: - Cardinal Fesch, offering the Incense. 6. His Imperial Majesty Napoleone ye Ist and the Empress Josephine. 7. Ladies of Honor, (ci-devant Poissardes) - Train-Bearers to ye Empress. 8. Puissant Continental-Powers, Train-Bearers to the Empress. 9. Berthier, Bernadotte, Augerou, - and all the Brave Train of the Republican - Generals, marching in the procession. 10. Senator Fouché, Intendant General of ye Police, bearing the sword of Justice. 11. Garde d'Honneur, finishing the Procession.

caricatures; humor; military; politicians; royalty; satire; social classes; social commentary; text

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