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- Object: The last interview between Lewis the Sixteenth and his disconsolate family...
Louis XVI, sitting at the centre, with his daughter on his lap and the young Dauphin clinging to his hand, Marie Antoinette standing behind him with her arms raised in despair, several attendants expressing grief; table on the left with an open book and a crucifix, and two men on the far right about to enter the doorway. 1794
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Height: 515 millimetres
Width: 637 millimetres
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- For more information on the subject of this print, see David Bindman, 'The Shadow of the Guillotine' (BMP, 1989, p. 131). Published with a key, see 1953,0214.16.b. For another key-plate to this and the other three plates of the series, see 2010,7081.7385
Though dated 1794 on this impression, the design in its painted form was clearly in existence early in 1793 for Gillray's print (Bindman 1989, cat. no. 96) surely refers to Benazech's version and is dated 20 March 1793. Benazech's design emphasises the king's Catholic faith and has a strong 'pietà'-like composition. There is a small painted version dated 1793, in the Musée de Versailles (reproduced in Wordsworth, 1987, fig. 17), paired with a scene of Louis's execution. Benazech died in May 1794 before he could illustrate the later history of the royal family.
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- Associated Event: French Revolution 1789-1799
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