Crowd in Front of the Tuileries Palace During the Wedding of Napoleon to Marie-Louise of Austria
Charles Percier (French, Paris 1764–1838 Paris)
Pierre François Léonard Fontaine (French, Pontoise 1762–1853 Paris)
Pen and gray ink, brush and gray wash, over black chalk
16 3/8 x 12 1/8 in. (41.6 x 30.8 cm)
Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1971
Not on view
This drawing was a design for plate nine in the 1810 book, Description des cérémonies et des fêtes qui ont eu lieu pour le mariage de S.M. l'Empereur Napoléon avec S.A.I. Madame l'Archiduchesse Marie-Louise d'Autriche par Charles Percier et P.F.L. Fontaine (see: 65.602.3). The book details the marriage ceremony of Napoleon and Marie-Louise of Austria, and shows the emperor and empress on the great balcony of the Tuileries. The unfinished image is in the reverse of the print and differs in certain details from the plate engraved by Charles Normand (1765-1840) and Louis Pauquet (1759-after 1822).
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: At bottom, in graphite: "Entrée de Napoleon au Tuileries après son Mariage par Fontaine Architecte."
Paul Prouté, Paris (French); Edgar Kaufman; Sullivan Kaufman (British); Vendor: Wynne R.H. Jeudwine (British)Purchased in London
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "French Architectural and Ornament Drawings of the Eighteenth Century," December 10, 1991–March 15, 1992.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 11, 1994–September 19, 1994.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 11, 2014–April 28, 2014.
Sullivan Kaufman, George Knox Fantastic and Ornamental Drawings: A Selection of Drawings from the Kaufman Collection Exh. cat. Portsmouth College of Art and Design. Portsmouth, 1969, cat. no. 108.
James David Draper, Clare Le Corbeiller The Arts Under Napoleon. Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1978, cat. no. 183, fig. no. 8.
Mary L. Myers French Architectural and Ornament Drawings of the Eighteenth Century. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991, cat. no. 94, pp. 149-151, ill.
Artist:Attributed to Charles Percier (French, Paris 1764–1838 Paris) Medium:Pen and black ink with watercolor over graphite underdrawing. Framing lines in pen and black ink.Accession:49.50.173On view in:Not on view