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- Object: The last interview between Louis XVI, king of France, and his family
The interior of a dungeon with one barred window (right) and a heavy door (left). Louis XVI stands full-face, looking towards the despairing queen whose left hand he holds in his left. His daughter (left), a young girl kneeling in profile to the right, holds his right hand, kissing it. The little Dauphin stands on tip-toe, clasping his father's waist. Behind (right) Mme Elisabeth sits weeping at a table, on which are an open book and a rosary. 8 March 1793.
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Height: 273 millimetres
Width: 376 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
One of many prints on the same subject, the last interview on 20 Jan. (not to be confused with prints on the separation of the King from his family on 29 Sept. 1792, see below). See de Vinck, Nos. 5099-5140; Hennin, Nos. 11,408-11,426; Dayot, 'Rév. fr.', pp. 187-9. For the execution of Louis XVI see BMSat 8297, &c.
de Vinck, No. 5117.
A print by Gillray, not in B.M., pub. 20 Mar. 1793 by Aitken, Castle Street, has the (translated) title: 'Les Adieux de Louis XVI à sa famille'. A long inscription [Not shown in the reproduction, and evidently below the title] (here re-translated) begins: 'It is an exact copy of an infamous French print, which formerly appeared in Paris, amongst innumerable other outrages on their last monarch. It is now copied and published on the order of the agent of a nation of cowardly assassins, that every true Englishman regards with horror.' It is a burlesque scene, evidently (though applied to the final parting) of the first separation of Louis XVI from his family on 29 Sept. 1792. The King, fat and ragged, is interrupted at dinner, and stands full-face clasping a bottle and glass. The Queen, Dauphin, Mme Royale, and Princess Elisabeth, grotesquely caricatured, and ragged, weep and gesticulate extravagantly. Behind are a monk holding up a grossly distorted crucifix, two soldiers, one angry, and prepared to club the Queen with his musket, the other laughing. See BMSat 8312.
Reproduction, Dayot, 'Rév. fr.', p. 188; Fuchs, p. 142.
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- Associated Event: French Revolution 1789-1799
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