Long-lost Napoleon portrait resurfaces in New York
LONDON (AFP) - A portrait of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, thought lost for two centuries, has turned up in New York, having been bought for less than a hundredth of its probable value.
The artwork, painted by Jacques-Louis David in 1813 when Britain and Prussia were threatening to occupy France, shows Napoleon I pledging to defend the country from invasion, wearing his national guard uniform to do so.
He is posing, as was his habit, with his right hand in his waistcoat.
Thought to be a copy, the painting was sold in 2005 to a New York private collector for around 15,000 pounds (S$30,400).