“Busts of the Mercantile” Wednesday: Napoleon Bonaparte

img_0466.JPGThere is a very massive marble head of the Corsican Monster in the Library’s lecture hall. It used to be in the reading room where it was the first chunk o’ art one would run into if one was making a bee-line for the magazines in the old days before the restoration of the first sky lobby in the south central Midwest altered the entrance process. It – the statue – was the very devil to move from one floor to another since it is as topheavy as a Japanese battleship. No one knows why the very impressive rendering of the Proconsul came to be in this most un-imperial institution. It’s not a souvenir shop item like the silly Shakespeare pretend portrait of a man whose portrait doesn’t really seem to exist that’s still taking up space at the south end of the Library. When you stroke Napoleon’s 200kg head you can feel the quality. And know that some 19th century Queen City industrialist forked out a bucket of francs for the big guy. You can also sense that it might have been the industrialist’s wife who, as soon as she had the late tycoon locked up in the mausoleum at Spring Grove, called the Mercantile Library to see if they could send someone over to get this monstrosity out of her foyer today. Right now.

-Nemo Wolf

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