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- Object: The Grand Monarck discovered in a pot de chambre. Or the royal fugitives turning tail.
Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI are seated in a carriage, of the type then called 'pot de chambre', the Dauphin between and in front of them. The three galloping horses are suddenly checked by a French soldier, on horseback, and by another man beside him. A man with a dagger on the extreme left pursues the carriage. The soldier, putting his finger to his nose, leans towards the King, saying, "Aha B--gre, Croyez vous échaper comme cà". The off horse, on which the postilion is seated, falls; the man looks round shouting. The King and Queen are terror-stricken; she screams "Nous sommes tons Foutus". A servant, standing at the back of the carriage says, "Parbleu Je sens tres fort la lanterne". All have expressions of violent emotion; the Dauphin is howling. On the extreme left is a milestone: 'Sens II lieu'. 28 June 1791.
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Height: 253 millimetres
Width: 355 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
One of several satires on the flight to Varennes, see BMSat 7882, &c.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', ii. 393. de Vinck, No. 3953 (where the soldier is identified as Drouet, but, at this date, no details of the capture had reached London.) Hennin, No. 10,995.
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- Associated Event: French Revolution 1789-1799
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