Empress Josephine & Orangutan by Raphael Balme (See the story below)
Limited Edition Print (taken from an original oil painting)
Signed and stamped on reverse.
Paper: 310gsm, archival quality, acid-free, aquarelle rag.
Print size: 59.5 cm x 42 cm (16.5 x 23.5")
Black with mount - framed size: 72 cm x 54 cm
Ash with mount - framed size: 72 cm x 54 cm
Deep wood - framed size: 71 cm x 53 cm
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The Shop Floor Project has commissioned British artist Raphael Balme to create a series of oil paintings which celebrate historical figures with their exotic pets and, in the case of Virginia Woolf, their alter egos.
Expertly reproduced by our printers who are members of the Fine Art Trade Guild, the collection includes; Frida Kahlo & Fawn, King John & Polar bear, Empress Josephine & Orangutan plus Mozart & Starling among others...
Empress Josephine & Orangutan
Josephine Bonaparte kept a menagerie of exotic pets at Versailles; black swans, emus, and kangaroos bounced around, but her favorite was a female orangutan named Rose - who had a penchant for turnips. Often sporting a white chemise, Rose apparently had excellent table manners, which is why she was often a guest at dinner. The name Josephine gave to her pet tells of happier times. Rose, or Marie-Rose was the Empress' name before she married Napoleon.