Napoleonic Art: Nationalism and the Spirit of Rebellion in France (1815-1848)

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University of Delaware Press, 1999 - Art - 176 pages
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Scholars have long debated the mysterious popularity of the Napoleonic Legend, from the emperor's final defeat in 1815 to the astounding electoral victory of his nephew, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, in the presidential elections of 1848. In this book, the author demonstrates how broadsheet illustrations about Napoleon Bonaparte helped shape popular support in regional France for the "new" Bonaparte elected in 1848. Nicholas Pellerin, an avowed republican, and Pierre-Germain Vadet, a veteran of the Imperial wars and staunch bonapartist, promoted representations of Napoleon to criticize and undermine the political status quo. The author reveals how the Pellerin broadsheets about Napoleon sustained anti-Bourbon, anti-Orleanist sentiments during the several decades preceding the revolution of 1848.
 

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Contents

Political Dissent and the Napoleonic Legend
21
The Pellerin Firm and Political Censorship
36
Creating the Popular Image
48
St Napoleon
84
Orleanist Cooptation and Bonapartist Broadsides
111
Epilogue
136
Notes
145
Select Bibliography
164
Index
171

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