Swann Auction Galleries

When Swann Galleries was founded 1941 they where specialized in Rare Books. Today Swann has separate departments devoted to Photographs, Posters and Prints & Drawings, in addition to Books, Maps & Atlases and Autographs. Each year they have approximately 40 sales in the categories mentioned above.

As a member of International Auctioneers, an alliance of prestigious auction houses, their sales are publicized to auction clients around the world.

Swann Galleries is a family business and is located on East 25th Street just one block east of Madison Square Park. 

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Group of 55 nineteenth century watercolors designed to illustrate

(NAPOLEONIC WATERCOLORS.) Group of 55 nineteenth century watercolors designed to illustrate the life and deeds of Napoleon Bonaparte. 55 captioned watercolor drawings on paper mounted to larger album sheets, several with partial "Canson Freres" watermark. 11 1/2x6 inches the largest; 2 1/2x2 inches the smallest; album mounts with short tears, edge chipping and light staining, the drawings themselves clean, large standing soldier with creasing through top image and small loss. Exhibited College of Staten Island: "The French Revolution and Napoleon: A Bicentennial Celebration" March 1989. France, later half of the 19th century Estimate $8,000 - 12,000 The present collection of watercolors stemmed from a proliferation of mid-nineteenth century artwork produced to celebrate the legend of Napoleon as the hero of the French Revolution. The images range from family portraits, the Emperor as a fearless leader, scenes of battles won and lost, and imperial portraits of significant commanders of his Grande Armée. Presumably once compiled as an album, the drawings together have a journalistic feel. The skill of each drawing varies and the group appears to have been done by more than one hand, often using published engravings or other known works as models. Several notable drawings include: Bust portraits of Josephine and Napoleon, Portrait of Marie Louise with her son the King of Rome, Napoleon receiving the Queen of Prussia at Tilsit July 7, 1807, Napoleon's entrance into Vienna, Battle of Algeciras, Napoleon at Charleroi, General Mack's surrender at Ulm, Battle of Moscow, various scenes of imperial guards, full-length portraits of General Kleber and other Marshals. One final scene depicts Napoleon boarding the British ship "Bellerophon" following his ultimate surrender.Read more

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Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street
New York, New York 10010
Tel. 212-254-4710