PRINCE IMPÉRIAL, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (1856-1879)

Original photograph by The London Stereosctopic & Photographic Company
Period print, n.p, 16 mars 1874, name card format

Rare portrait of the Imperial Prince with autograph dedication

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PRINCE IMPÉRIAL, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (1856-1879)

Original photograph by The London Stereosctopic & Photographic Company
Period print, n.p, 16 mars 1874, mounted on cardboard in the photographer’s credit. Name card format
Left and right margins slightly cropped, with lateral flaws. Stain on bottom right of the cardboard (see photo)

Rare portrait of the Imperial Prince with autograph dedication


Provenance : Famille de Pierres

“Monsieur le Baron de Pierres, ancien ecuyer de M. l’Impératrice
Souvenir de Chislehurst”


A moving portrait of the Imperial Prince. He appears in a great elegance, with a melancholy look like analog to his mother the Empress, and sketching a very slight smile.

The Imperial family and de Pierres family were very close. Jane Thorne (Baronne de Pierres) was one of the six ladies of the Empress’s Palace until the fall of the Empire in 1870.