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- Object: The Dauphin taken from his mother
The young Dauphin clings to his mother, Marie Antoinette, as three men seize him from the room. Behind the group, a young girl has fainted onto an older woman's lap; in the background, by a doorway, stand a group of soldiers with rifles; scratched open-letter state before description. 1794
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Height: 388 millimetres
Width: 478 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Despite the inscription, there is no evidence of aquatint in this state.
For more information on the background of this print see David Bindman, 'The Shadow of the Guillotine: Britain and the French Revolution', (London: British Museum Press, 1989).
This print is quite different from the version of the subject published by Bovi, perhaps also after Pellegrini, on 1 March 1795. The scene proclaims with equal force the maternal feelings of the queen and the heartlessness of the Committee which had ordered the separation in July 1793 as a prelude to moving the queen to the Conciergerie. This subject was especially popular with Victorian painters: for a surprising example see Bindman 1989, cat. no. 234.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: French Revolution 1789-1799
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