This dramatic print depicts the final interview between General Duroc and Napoleon. Duroc lies on his death bed, his face pale; he grasps Napoleon’s hand and dedicates his life to Napoleon. Napoleon hides his face and turns away in grief. A large white curtain forms the backdrop for this melodramatic scene. Duroc is supported by his fellow officers, and another officer bends over a desk and prepares medicines. This final dialogue is “reproduced” at the bottom of the print. Edge of sheet is outlined in red ink.
- Duroc: “My whole life has been consecrated to your service, nor do I regret its loss, but for the use it still might have been of to you!”
- Buonaparte: “Duroc! there is a life to come; it is there you are going to wait for me, and where we shallone day meet again!”
- Duroc: “Yes Sire! but that will not be these thirty years, when you will have triumphed over your enimies, and realized all the hopes of your country. I have lived an honest man: I have nothing to reproach myself with, ah! Sire! go away this sight gives you pain.”
- Buonaparte [sic]: “Farewell then my friend.”
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