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Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767-1855)

The Congress of Vienna signed & dated 1815

RCIN 451893.a

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The congress which met in Vienna after the abdication of Napoleon in 1814 sought to settle peace in Europe after the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars. Although the congress declared Napoleon an outlaw, by the time it concluded he was already making his way to Paris in another bid for power, which would culminate in his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo (1815). George bought this impressive group portrait after seeing it exhibited in London in 1820. It probably appealed in part due to his personal pride at the allied defeat of Napoleon.

Purchased from the artist in 1820