Colvin’s famous earlier work ‘Napoleon Crossing the St Bernard Pass (after David)’ was the fulfilment of a 2004 UNESCO commission for the organisation’s Paris headquarters. The artist constructed a stage set that entirely reworked David’s work of propaganda. Here, Napoleon is set inside a contemporary, shabby office space (see Tom Normand, pp 39-42).
The artist reworked this again, transfer printing his own photographic work onto a porcelain plate. ‘This device of printing the photographs onto commemorative plates was a deepening of Colvin’s fascination with the interaction of fine art with popular culture.’ – Tom Normand, in ‘The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin: Symbol, Allegory, Myth’ (Luath Press, 2019, pp 139-145)