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Napoleon Print Collection
McGill University, Rare Books and Special Collections Library

Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821; France--History--Consulate and Empire, 1799-1815; Prints

The collection was established ca 1950. It was built and catalogued by Richard Pennington during his tenure as University Librarian (1947-1965).

The collection forms part of the Print Collection and comprises contemporary prints concerning Napoleon and the Imperial Family; the marshalls, generals and members of his entourage; the places associated with him; and the art and monuments he inspired. Numerous portraits include those engraved after David, Guerin, Isabey, and Gerard. In addition to views of political incidents and military operations, there are imaginary scenes, caricatures, and representations of Napoleon's posthumous fame. There are several prints dealing with his death, funeral, and burial.

Not applicable.

3,500 prints.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is accessed through a separate catalogue consisting of a manuscript list in sixteen volumes and an index to artists. An in-house classification system is used for the collection.

Physical Access
The collection is housed in the Print Room. The collection is open to the public upon registration with the Department and the presentation of a suitable piece of identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Yes.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
McGill University. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections. -- What was thus by chance begun...: the Napoleon Collection of McGill University: selected prints and illustrated books. Edited by Carol Solomon Kiefer. Montreal : [McGill University], 1991