Letter to Napoleon Bonaparte
Letter to Napoleon Bonaparte


In accordance with the honor I had of writing you, I went to the feet of Your Majesty to offer the homage of my gratitude. I was in Paris briefly to get what I need for the portrait that I must make of Her Majesty the Empress. I went twice to see you to have the pleasure of congratulating you but I did not have the good fortune to see you. I ask you to receive witness of this through this letter that I have the honor of addressing to you, and deign to believe that I am, with the highest consideration,

Your Excellency's

Most humble and obedient servant
Antoine Canova

Fontainebleau October 18, 1810

Antonio Canova
Italian, October 18, 1810
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