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Les besoins de lEtat, sous les regnes precedens, ayant fourni a la sensibilite des Dames Chanoinesses de Maubeuge...[etc.]
Les besoins de lEtat, sous les regnes precedens, ayant fourni a la sensibilite des Dames Chanoinesses de Maubeuge...[etc.] Dedie et Presente a Mesdames les Chanoinesses du tres Illustre et Noble Chapitre de Ste. Aldegonde de Maubeuge. Par leur tres humble et tres Obeissant Serviteur, Cornu.
Cornu inv. et sculp. Guyot direxit 1790.
A Paris, chez Guyot Graveur et Md. d'Estampes, rue St Jacques, au Grand Gessner, No.10.
Hand coloured etching with aquatint, 165 x 210mm. 6½ x 8¼". Slightly stained. Unexamined out of frame. Scarce and fine.
The canonesses of the Abbey of Saint Adelgonde at Maubeuge, northern France, giving up some of the wealth of their foundation to the French state. The last Abbess Adrienne-Florence de Lannoy (1775 - 1791) in the foreground approaches a bust of King Louis XVI surrounded by allegorical figures and putti representing the values of a new, revolutionary, French state. In the aftermath of the Revolution, it was decided by the National Assembly that royal monastic and religious foundations should pay an annual tribute to the state. The nunnery at Maubeuge was dissolved soon afterwards in 1791.
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