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Exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1847. The scene depicted took place in the Tuileries Palace on 15 December 1809. Josephine (1763–1814), first wife of Napoleon, has just signed the act of separation which marked the civil dissolution of her marriage. She is accompanied by her daughter, Queen Hortense of Holland (1783–1837), and the act is held by Jean-Jacques-Régis de Cambacérès (1753–1824), Arch-Chancellor of the Empire, behind whom stands Michel-Louis-Etienne Regnault de Saint-Jean-d’Angély (1762–1819), Secretary of State to the Imperial Family. To the right of the seated Napoleon stands Josephine’s son, Eugène de Beauharnais (1781–1824), Viceroy of Italy, and behind him Napoleon’s brother-in-law, Joachim Murat (1767–1815), King of Naples.

The Wallace Collection

London

Title

The Divorce of the Empress Josephine

Date

1846

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 55.8 x W 80.5 cm

Accession number

P568

Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1865; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting

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