Portrait of Louis Napoleon, King of Holland, Charles Howard Hodges, 1809

Portrait of Louis Napoleon, King of Holland, Charles Howard Hodges, 1809

oil on canvas, h 223cm × w 147cm. More details

In 1795 French troops invaded the Netherlands. The country became an ally of France and enjoyed a large degree of independence, until 1806 when Napoleon seized power and made his brother Louis Napoleon King of Holland. Louis showed sympathy for his new kingdom and supported Dutch interests. This had not been Napoleon’s intention and in 1810 he forced his brother to abdicate.

On display in room 1.12

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