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[Paris, 1840]. THE FUNERAL SERVICE IS SHOWN IN PROGRESS. Strip panorama measuring [15 x 306 cm] and made up of four sheets conjoined, some spotting and occasion minor tears to a few folds; folding into original stiff boards [16.5 x 22.5 cm] lined with lime green paper; the front cover with a lithograph entitled 'Napoléon aux Invalides/ Napoleon at the Invalides,; the rather macabre English steel engraving, 'The Opening of the Coffin of the Emperor Napoleon at St. Helena October 16th 1840', has been pasted to the inside of the back cover. The story of the 'retour' unfolds on the panorama from left to right in a sequence of scenes forming a more or less a seamless image that takes the viewer from the grave at St Helena to Les Invalides at Paris. The scenes that form the tableau are identified in the bottom margin in French and English. The first scene shows the 'Tomb of Napoleon at St Helena' where exhumation took place which are followed with scenes of the embarkation with the French frigate the Belle-Poule; the arrival at Cherbourg; and the transportation of the body from Rouen to the Courbevoie Wharf where disembarkation occurred. Then comes the procession to the Arc de Triomphe and down the Champs Élysées as far as the Place de la Concorde. In the final scene the procession continues towards the Pont de la Concorde. Les Invalides and the Chambre des Députés, in the distance and on the other side of the Seine, can be distinguished. A long textual description of the 'retour' and the ceremony is pasted down inside the front cover.
Bookseller: Pickering & Chatto [UK]
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