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Bust of Napoleon (or Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria): EC.39-1945

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Bust of Napoleon (or Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria)


Factory: Unidentified French factory




White earthenware bust on a socle, moulded, and lead-glazed. The sitter faces front. He has short hair, and wears a neck cloth, a coat with a high collar, and a drape around his shoulders.


History note: Sir Henry Irving; sold Christie's, London, 14 December 1905, Catalogue of the theatrical relics; costumes, bronzes, silver, furniture and decorative objects the property of Sir Henry Irving, Ltt. D. Cambridge, LL.D., Glasgow, Litt. D. Dublin, Commander of the Saxe-Ernestine Order, deceased, late of Stratton Street E..:. which will be sold by auction on Thursday December 14 1905 and the following day;. bought by the donor's late sister for 17½ guineas; Mrs Medlicott

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Given by Mrs Medlicott

Measurements and weight

Height: 28.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1945-02) by Medlicott, Mrs


This bust was accessioned as Napoleon I, but it has been suggested that it could represent Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (1786-1866; ruled 1825-48)

Components of the work

Width Width 17.8 cm

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, moulded, and lead-glazed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.39-1945
Primary reference Number: 76967
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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