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- Object: The separation of Lewis the Sixteenth from his family...
Louis XVI, about to be led out of the room by officials on the far right, Marie Antoinette holding his right hand, with their children beside her, and Madame Elizabeth (?) holding his left hand; groups on soldiers on the far left, some with torches, and smoke billowing from the staircase. 1793
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Height: 515 millimetres
Width: 644 millimetres (trimmed)
- Curator's comments
- For more information on the subject of this print, see David Bindman, 'The Shadow of the Guillotine' (BMP, 1989, p. 130). Published with a key, see 1953,0214.17.b. For another key-plate to this and the other three plates of the series, see 2010,7081.7385
The scene probably shows the cruel and unnecessary separation of Louis XVI from his family in the Temple on the orders of the Mayor of Paris on 29 September 1792. However, the setting appears to be not the Temple but the Palace of the Tuileries, despite the title. The figure with the scroll on the right may well be Pétion, the Mayor of Paris, who was particularly reviled in England, perhaps because of his visit to London in late 1791 when he met many prominent English radicals (Goodwin 1979, pp. 186-8).
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- Associated Event: French Revolution 1789-1799
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