Pestiférés de Jafa

CHAMPION, Charles. Pestiférés de Jafa.

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CHAMPION, Charles. Pestiférés de Jafa. [Paris], C. Motte [for Arnault, c. 1825].

Original lithograph by Charles Champion after the 1804 oil painting by Gros, image size c. 31 x 42 cm; very clean and with wide margins.
This print was published in Antoine-Vincent Arnault's monumental Vie Politique et Militaire de Napoleon, which appeared from 1822 to 1826. The playwright Arnault had been a companion of Napoleon since the Ionian mission and Egypt campaign of 1797, and was involved in Napoleon's coup d'état of the 18th Brumaire. The print shows Napoleon during a striking scene which is supposed to have occurred in Jaffa on 11 March 1799, when General Bonaparte visited his sick soldiers at the Armenian Saint Nicholas Monastery. Other sources claim that he ordered some soldiers to be 'put down' by opium overdose.