- Museum number
- Object: The sitting of the Council of five hundred at St Cloud, to whom Bonaprte having presented himself, he dissolved, Nov 10 1799
Napoleon, backed by soldiers, starts back as a member of the council draws a dagger against him. 1800
- Production date
Height: 552 millimetres (cut at bottom)
Width: 705 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See David Bindman, 'The Shadow of the Guillotine: Britain and the French Revolution', (London: British Museum Press, 1989), no.177.
Bonaparte's 'coup' on 9-10 November (18-19 Brumaire, l'an viii) and the subsequent establishment of the Consulate to replace the Directory mark the effective end of the Revolution and the beginning of a new system based upon the personal ascendency of Bonaparte himself. The events behind the coup are complex but there can be little doubt that Bonaparte plotted, with Sieyès and Talleyrand, to overthrow the Directory which had suffered military reverses. The Councils of the Elders and Five Hundred had adjourned to Saint-Cloud in fear of a Jacobin rising but found that the Directory itself had resigned. Bonaparte, who was to be offered the military command to defend the Councils, on finding himself threatened by daggers in the chamber, called in troops to expel his opponents. The remaining members of the Councils then approved the new executive of three Consuls, Bonaparte, Sieyès and Ducos.
Viera was a Portuguese artist who spent time in London in the 1790s where he struck up a close association with Bartolozzi.
- 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: Dissolution of the Council of 500 1799
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