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- Object: Monument du despotisme ...
The demolition of the Bastille after its fall. 1789
Etching and aquatint
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Height: 284 millimetres
Width: 393 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Pair to 1868,0822.7434.
This print is paired with 1868,0822.7434, and it reflects the symbolic importance given to the demolition as well as to the fall of the Bastille. If the attack on the Bastille expressed the power of the people, then the demolition expressed their determination that despotism should never return. The demolition, carried out by the unscrupulous figure of Palloy, gave rise to an enormous number of relics. Each new 'département' in France was presented with a model of the Bastille supposedly made from its stones, manacles were melted down to make medals, while the bones of 'victims of despotism' were buried in a memorial chapel.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1989 May-Sep, BM, Shadow of the Guillotine: Britain and French Revolution
1990 Jan-Mar, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Britain and French Revolution
1990 Jun-Sep, Vizille, Mus/Rev Francaise, Britain and French Revolution
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Demolition of the Bastille July 1789
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