La Mort. [Charles-Ferdinand de Bourbon, Duke de Berry.]
Lithograph, sheet 230 x 280mm. 9 x 11". Sheet trimmed.
Charles-Ferdinand de Bourbon, Duke de Berry (1778-1820) was on his death bed, his face covered and a crucifix to his chest; surrounded by grieving officers, and a woman and child in another room through a doorway in the background. The Duke de Berry was murdered by the Louis Pierre Louvel (c.1783-1820). It was 13th February 1820 as he left the opera house in Paris that Louvel stabbed and mortally wounded him. Louvel was tried and sentenced to death and guillotined a day later on 7 June 1820. Charles-Ferdinand was to be the future king of France, and his death hastened the downfall and replacement of the Decazes government and the polarisation with new liberal and royalist groups.
See Ref: 16813
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