Watercolour of Napoleon's funeral procession

An original watercolour sketch titled Funeral Procession to the grave of Bonaparte..., £10,000 at Chiswick Auctions.

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It was further inscribed to the reverse Made for John Wilson Croker Esq. by EE Vidal and included annotations listing the various regiments in attendance and description of the route of procession to the grave.

Emeric Essex Vidal (1791-1861) was an English watercolourist and naval officer who was on the island of St Helena when Napoleon died and took several sketches of the deceased emperor. John Wilson Croker (1780-1857), born in Galway and called to the Irish bar in 1802, had an interest in the French Revolution which led him to collect a large number of documents which are now in the British Museum.

Estimated at £2000-3000, this 13 x 18in (34 x 45cm) watercolour took £10,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).