Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
AUSTRIA SUBDUED: DEPUTATION OF MAYORS OF PARIS AT PALACE OF SCHOENBRUNN
GALLE, Andre/ BRENET, Nicolas: France, 1805, Bronze, 68
Joachim Murat (1767-1815), king of Naples, assisted Napoleon in several campaigns, including the battle of the Pyramids and later at the battle of Marengo. In 1800, Murat married Caroline Bonaparte, youngest sister of the then first consul. In 1805 Murat was made grand admiral, with the title of prince, and was invested with the grand eagle of the Legion of Honor. For his prowess as commander of the Grand Army in the German campaign of 1805, Napoleon made him grand duke of Berg and Cleves. In December, 1805 a deputation headed by M. Dupont was sent by the prefect and the mayor of Paris to the Palace of Schoenbrunn, summer residence of the emperor of Austria, two miles from Vienna, to congratulate Emperor Napoleon on his success and to thank him for the gift of cannon and standards captured at Wertingen three months previously by Murat. The medal was commissioned at the expense of the city of Paris.
LINK to Palace of Schoenbrunn (from Schoenbrunn)
LINK to Biography and Portrait of Joachim Murat (from wikipedia)