The early 19th century became obsessed with Napoleon Bonaparte. To his enemies, he was the devil incarnate, the anti-Christ. But to the French, and to millions of Germans, Italians, Swiss and Belgiums, he represented all the great ideals of the French Revolution, and for many was their liberator from oppression and founder of their modern national consciousness.

In the absence of television and cameras, imaginative artists churned out a whole host of images about Napoleon, his family, his triumphs, and his tragedies. This collection of etchings shows the variety of images which impressed themselves upon Europe. One theme, perhaps, predominated. Napoleon and his family came out of no-where; what they became was solely the result of their own activities and talent. The great idea of "careers open to talent" which the French Revolution had promised, seemed first demonstrated in the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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 Napoleon Bonaparte

 Napoleon's Parents

 Napoleon's Wives

 Napoleon's Son

 Napoleon's Siblings

 Historical Events

 Napoleon's Battles,

 Death of Napoleon,

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