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My waking thoughts are all of you. Your portrait and the remembrance of last night’s intoxicating pleasure have robbed my senses of rest. Sweet and incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have over my heart!

Je me réveille plein de toi. Ton portrais et le souvenir de l’énivrante soirée d’hiers n’ont point laissé de repos à mes sens. Douce et incomparable Joséphine, quelle effet bizzare faite vous sur mon coeur!

Napoleon Bonaparte, 1796


Inspired by the legendary love story of Napoleon and Josephine and the romantic spirit of the First Empire, Swan Ways explores the arts and styles of one of history’s most creative and fascinating periods.