Archive for May, 2013


Jérôme – The Bigamist

Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia, After Jean-Baptiste Isabey, Gift of Mrs. Charles J. Bonaparte, XX.5.67 By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager Back in Baltimore at her father’s house, Elizabeth awaited word from Jérôme. Although he dictated to her to live as if he was returning at any moment, his brother Napoléon was making grand plans for […]

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Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte’s Manuscript Collection

One of the most exciting things about our upcoming “Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy” exhibition has been exploring Elizabeth’s very personal manuscript collection. Chief Curator Alexandra Deutsch has more.

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A Mother’s Love

Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte (Bo) by Anna Pecchioli Gift of Mrs. Charles Joseph Bonaparte, xx.5.62 By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager Despite the heartbreak over the end of her marriage, Elizabeth was determined not to let the situation get the best of her and she certainly would not let it affect her son. Now that her chance […]

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Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: Who Was She?

By Chief Curator Alexandra Deutsch “Crushed like a butterfly sporting on the bosom of a flower (a rose).” –Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte Account Book, 1858-59 Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte (1785-1879), François Josephe Kinsoen, circa 1817, Maryland Historical Society, Gift of Mrs. Charles Joseph Bonaparte, xx.5.72 For the past year, I have collected hundreds of […]

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