A handsome gentleman with his balding hair swept forward in the manner worn during and shortly after Napoleon's reign in France. Beautifully crafted, yet unsigned by the artist. There is an original ink drawing of the pierced feet of Christ, cut to use as the backing for this painting in its frame. Some from this period did insert something meaningful - a special playing card, perhaps. There also are pink pages from a pamphlet or book, which might be clues to his identity or might just be what the artist had handy. That tag might also be in some way decipherable, but I didn't spend time researching it. You might enjoy doing so.
Very good to excellent condition, the painting wafer is quite large as miniatures go, and is beautifully preserved under early flat glass (bubbles in it) and with a fine dore bronze mount. The wooden board style frame is early Empire, and does help date him along with his style of fashion. Full measurements are noted on the photos.
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