(French, 1758-1823). “Napoleon Bonaparte and the King of Rome,” oil on canvas, inscribed (possibly signed), “P.P. Prud’hon” on verso, most likely in its original frame. Frame stamped “R. Charpentier” on verso. Canvassize: 25 3/8 x 20 in. Frame size: 34 x 28 in.Given by the Emperor Napoleon to his Secretary Descamps. Remained in the Descamps family until 1891 when it was sold to Bernard N. Baker of Baltimore; given to his daughter Mrs. Arthur Middleton Blake; given to Mrs.
Craquelure throughout, not relined, some inpainting above figures and around chair, no inpainting detected in faces, paint loss in upper curtain section, loss to gilding, but corners and carving intact