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- Object: Vue du Champ de Mars le jour du 20 Prairial l'an 2e de la République, ou la Convention et les Autorités Constitués ont assisté a la Fête Nationale
View of the Champ de Mars in Paris during the Festival of the Supreme Being, 20 Prairial Year II (8 June 1794); a procession of young women, soldiers and children following an ox-drawn chariot walks past a rocky mound surmounted by a colum and the garlanded "Tree of Liberty".
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Height: 401 millimetres
Width: 574 millimetres
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- Two great revolutionary festivals were held on the Champ de Mars, the training ground of the Ecole Militaire in Paris: on 14 July 1790, the fête de la Fédération, celebrating the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, and on 20 Prairial Year II (8 June 1794), the fête de l'Être suprême, shown here. The Cult of the Supreme Being, based on Deist beliefs, had been established by Robespierre as an official religion and a national day of celebration was decreed. The festival in Paris was designed by Jacques-Louis David with an artificial mountain on which was planted Tree of Liberty. Robespierre's downfall followed shortly after the fête and he was guillotined within less than two months.
The French Republican calendar was introduced in October 1793, but was taken to have begun with the declaration of the Republic on 22 September 1792.
This is one of a number of revolutionary and Napoleonic subjects published by Jean, see 2013,7024.2.
The engraver, 'Tessier', appears to be one and the same with the artist ('Texier') named as designer on a plate representing the storming of the Tuileries (see 2013,7024.2).
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Associated Event: French Revolution 1792
Associated Event: Festival of the Supreme Being 1794
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