The Reality Effect

Au bout d'une heure et demie, on frappa doucement à une petite porte qui était derrière elle.
François Flameng (1856-1923). Napoleon I and the King of Rome at Saint-Cloud in 1811. 1896. Oil on canvas, 105 x 138 cm. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.


Paris was beside itself when in the morning of March 20, 1811, there sounded the twenty-second report of a cannon, announcing that the Emperor had, not a daughter, but a son. He lay in a costly cradle of mother-of-pearl and gold, surmounted by a winged Victory which seemed to protect the slumbers of the King of Rome. The Imperial heir in his gilded baby-carriage drawn by two snow-white sheep beneath the trees at Saint Cloud was a charming object.
- Imbert de Saint-Amand. The Happy Days of the Empress Marie Louise. Trans. Thomas Sergeant Perry. 1900.

François Flameng (1856-1923). Napoleon I and the King of Rome at Saint-Cloud in 1811. 1896. Oil on canvas, 105 x 138 cm. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

Paris was beside itself when in the morning of March 20, 1811, there sounded the twenty-second report of a cannon, announcing that the Emperor had, not a daughter, but a son. He lay in a costly cradle of mother-of-pearl and gold, surmounted by a winged Victory which seemed to protect the slumbers of the King of Rome. The Imperial heir in his gilded baby-carriage drawn by two snow-white sheep beneath the trees at Saint Cloud was a charming object.

- Imbert de Saint-Amand. The Happy Days of the Empress Marie Louise. Trans. Thomas Sergeant Perry. 1900.

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