Posts Tagged Jerome Bonaparte


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: 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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A Tender Bond

By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager Elizabeth did not learn of the annulment right away and when she did hear the news it was not from Jerome or Napoleon, but from a newspaper report. She was so distressed by the news that she ceased going out. How could this have happened? Only a few months before […]

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Back to Baltimore

William Patterson by Thomas Sully, Bequest of Mrs. George Patterson, MdHS, 1883.1.1 By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager By September of 1805, Elizabeth had all but given up on hearing from her husband Jerome. Sad and missing her mother with whom she had a very strong bond, she set sail aboard the brig Mars and returned […]

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The Honeymoon Is Over

By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager For several months after the wedding, Jerome’s advisors begged him to heed Napoleon’s orders and return to France. He refused, insisting that he would not leave without hearing directly from his brother. Finally in April 1804, still with no word from Napoleon, Jerome agreed return, but not without his new […]

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The Love Affair

By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager Many versions of how the young lovers met exist.  A diary entry by James Gallatin recounts a story told to him by Betsy, and later confirmed by her in a letter to another friend… She was invited to dine with an old Frenchman, the Marquis de Poléon [Louis Pascault]…All the […]

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About Jerome Bonaparte

By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager “I just love beautiful things.” – Jerome Bonaparte to his brother Napoleon Jerome Bonaparte was born in Corsica on November 15, 1784, the youngest of thirteen children, of whom only eight survived to adulthood. His father, Carlo Buonaparte, was a successful lawyer despite the fact he had never finished his […]

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