This bust of Napoleon is based on that done by the Roman sculptor Ceracchi, an early acquaintance of the young artillery officer, in Montebello in 1797, and is the earliest-known sculptural likeness of the great man. He still possesses his long, braided "ponytail," a legacy of eighteenth-century martial style, and his still quite young (28) and possessing that lean, vulpine appearance so often described by chroniclers of his early years. The version of this bust produced by Barbedienne was "updated" by the magisterial French sculptor David D'Angers (he of Arc de Triomphe fame). French, second half of the nineteenth century. Height: 10"/26 cm.