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Collectanea Napoleonica: Being a Catalogue of the Collection of Autographs, Historical Documents, Broadsides, Caricatures, Drawings, Maps, Music,

ISBN: 9781333474195
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: 2016-09-05
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Excerpt from Collectanea Napoleonica: Being a Catalogue of the Collection of Autographs, Historical Documents, Broadsides, Caricatures, Drawings, Maps, Music, Portraits, Naval and Military Costume-Plates, Battle Scenes, Views, Etc;, Etc; Relating to Napoleon I. And His Times, 1769-1821
Colour-prints and original water-colours figure somewhat extensively amongst the extra-illustrations which have been utilized, especially in the volumes dealing with the Last Phase - the tragic epilogue of St. Helena. By permission of mrs. Simcoe, of Honiton, the beautiful sketches made, about 1819, by her father, the late lieut.-colonel Basil Jackson, have all been carefully copied for this collection. Colonel Jackson's version of the last phase differed very materially from that of Lord Rosebery, and before her death, in the course of 1904, the late Miss Elizabeth Lowe, the only surviving daughter of Napoleon's much abused custodian, favoured me with more than one communication on the subject. Her father's conduct is to a great extent vindicated by an elaborate account of Napoleon's behaviour and demeanour while at St. Helena in 1816, bequeathed to us in a contemporary letter filling no less than twenty-four pages by Sir Stamford Raf es, which has at last found a home close to the Jackson sketches. Along with a letter of the Marquis de Montchenu, the French delegate at St. Helena in 1821, purchased in Paris, was a note Written nearly forty years before by Sir Hudson Lowe, from the New Inn, Exeter, when only a boy-officer in the Devon Militia!
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