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Object: Massacre of the French King!
Object: View of La Guillotine; or the Modern Beheading Machine, at Paris
A broadside on the trial and execution of Louis XVI; with an etching showing a raised platform with a guillotine, seen from the side facing the Champs-Élysées, one man lying under the guillotine, another (or the same?) man standing and facing the spectators with a board strapped to his body, in the foreground the backs of infantry and spectators, in the background buldings and a church spire; with letterpress title and text in two columns, including decrees of the National Convention, a description of the guillotine, Louis XVI's will and testament, and anecdotes, the whole print framed with a black border. (London, Lane: )
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Height: 448 millimetres (Printed surface)
Height: 150 millimetres (plate)
Width: 295 millimetres (Printed surface)
Width: 88 millimetres (plate)
- Curator's comments
- The image does not seem to illustrate the execution of Louis XVI. According to the text he was not tied to a plank before being beheaded but "immediately placed at length under the machine".
This print is not described in BM Satires; the image seems to be described in BM Satires 8306, and the text in BM Satires 8308.
see BMSat 8297, &c.
de Vinck, No. 5181.
For another impression of the same sheet, see BM 1981.U-3074
For a similar broadside, with a different image, see BM1861-12-14-450 and 1856-7-12-1101.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Execution of Louis XVI 21 January 1793
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