- Museum number
Object: Massacre of the French King!
Object: View of La Guillotine; Or The Modern Beheading Machine, at Paris
A broadside on the execution on Louis XVI of France in Paris on 21 January 1793; with an etching showing the operation of the guillotine, with one man standing upright while being tied to a plank, and one man placed on a bench for beheading; with letterpress title and text in two columns, including decrees of the National Convention, a description of the guillotine, Louis XVI's will and testament, and anecdotes. (London, William Lane:)
- Production date
Height: 163 millimetres (etching)
Height: 469 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 88 millimetres (etching)
Width: 296 millimetres (printed area)
- Curator's comments
- For another impression of the same sheet, see BM 1856-7-12-1100. For a similar broadside, with a different image, see BM1861-12-14-450 and BM 1856-7-12-1101.
The image does not seem to illustrate the execution of Louis XVI. According to the text he was not tied to a plank before being beheaded but "immediately placed at length under the machine".
This print is not described in BM Satires; the image seems to be described in BM Satires 8306, and the text in BM Satires 8308.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 1837 (before)
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number