Death of the Princess de Lamballe

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Harrison W. Mark
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published on 23 September 2022

Death of the Princess de Lamballe, oil on canvas by Léon-Maxime Faivre, 1908.

The painting depicts the murder of the Princess de Lamballe in the September Massacres, during the French Revolution (1789-99). Lamballe, a wealthy, widowed noblewoman and friend to Queen Marie Antoinette remained loyal to the French monarchy to the last, refusing to denounce the king and queen before a tribunal of militant sans-culottes. For this, she was killed, her body stripped and desecrated, her head severed and stuck on a pike. This image shows her in a heroic, almost martyred, light.

Museum of the French Revolution, Vizille.

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Harrison W. Mark
Harrison Mark is a graduate of SUNY Oswego, where he studied history and political science.

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