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Catalog Number PAP.Green.1961.011
Title Les Funerailles
Artist Willette, Adolphe, 1857-1926
Artist Lemercier
Date n.d.
Description View of a funeral; the Emperor, Napoleon, rides and looks down at his horse, Marengo; he is surrounded by walking soldiers; they are moving towards the left through a snowy wind, potentially in Russia; a dog is visible in the right midground; Death, beating a drum for the dead, is in the left foreground
Object Name Print
Material Ink; Thin Paper
Technique Lithograph
Dimensions H-30.7 W-44.8 cm
Credit line Gift of Beatrice Greenough
Provenance 1961, December 15 - Gift of Beatrice Greenough

The Greenough Estate Collection, including 25 cartons of books and over thirty prints and drawings, was given to the Redwood Library on December 15, 1961 by Beatrice Goelet Greenough (1908-1984) soon after the death of her only child, Gabrielle Ladd (1936-1960). Beatrice was the daughter of William Greenough (1874-1949) and Charlotte Warren (1885-1954) who collected most of the artwork herself. Charlotte was assisted by her father, Whitney Warren, who had donated a scrapbook of his architectural drawings to the Redwood Library.

Beatrice Greenough of Prescott Farm, a Portsmouth, RI resident for many years, died 24 April,1984. She left an uncle, Whitney Warren of San Francisco and two cousins, Michael Lloyd Reeves of Newport and Reginald Reeves of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
Signed Name A. Willette
Signed Name Location Lower Right
Inscription Location Below Print
Inscriptions and Marks lower left: "Les Funerailles" || Lithographie originale de A. Willette
lower right: Imp.les Lemercier, Paris
Collection Works on Paper - Greenough Collection
People Greenough, Beatrice, 1908-1984
Willette, Adolphe, 1857-1926
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
Notes n.d.
Related Publications Bourcard, Gustave. 1903. A` travers cinq sie`cles de gravures, 1350-1903: les estampes ce´le`bres rares ou curieuses. Paris: G. Rapilly. 572.

"WILLETTE (Adolphe) || Les Funérailles. - Dans la brume, l'Empereur à cheval tristement penché sur sa monture, chevauche dans la neige, entouré de ses soldats, ils se dirigent vers la gauche. La Mort, dont le tambour est endeuillé, les précède et bat le rappel. || Grande et superbe lithographie qu'il faut avoir avec la balafre, c'est-à-dire avant le report"