Sir William Quiller Orchardson
Napoleon on Board the Bellerophon exhibited 1880

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Napoleon on Board the Bellerophon
Date Exhibited 1880
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1651 x 2489 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1880
Not on display

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Orchardson was trained in Edinburgh, and moved to London in 1862 where he made his name as a painter of historical genre scenes. His admirers included Whistler, Sickert and Degas. He is now best known for his modern moral subjects such as The First Cloud, in the Tate Collection. This painting shows Napoleon on board HMS Bellerophon bound for St Helena, where he remained in exile until his death in 1821. The deposed Emperor stands on the deck, isolated from the group of ['naval' out] officers on the left, who watch him with curiosity as he looks out to sea, contemplating his fate.

September 2004

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