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The generosity of the Chevalier Bayard
(Générosité du chevalier Bayard)
(1814)

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
38.1 × 46.0 cm
Accession Number
2011.401
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by Patrick Matthiesen and The Matthiesen Gallery, London to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Victoria, 2011
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Provenance

Exhibited Salon, Paris, 1814, no. 370, lent by the artist's family in memory of the artist; private collection, France, before 1996; private collection, New York, before 1996; with The Matthiesen Gallery & Stair Sainty Matthiesen (dealer), London, by 1996 until 2011; presented by Patrick Matthiesen and The Matthiesen Gallery, to the NGV, 2011.



Exhibited: Salon, Paris, 1814, no. 370, lent by the artist’s family in memory of the artist; Romance and Chivalry: History and Literature reflected in nineteenth-century French Painting, The Matthiesen Gallery & Stair Sainty Matthiesen Inc. (touring), 1996–97, no. 21; Napoleon and his age, Nassau County Museum of Art, New York, 28 January– 29 April 2001

The Emperor Napoléon and the Empress Josephine signed the papers confirming their divorce on 16 December 1809. Josephine was unable to bear children; therefore the couple were incapable of ensuring the succession of the Bonaparte dynasty. Their divorce was thus more a matter of State than the diminishing of their mutual affection. Here, Ward focused on the noble sacrifice that Josephine in particular made for the apparent good of France. He also incorporated many symbolic references to Napoléon and has even extended this to the elaborate decoration of the picture frame.

Frame

Jean-Philibert DUMET
The generosity of the Chevalier Bayard (1814)
Framemaker
Unknown - 19th century
About

A French Empire style classical revival frame in good original condition.