Vous verrez que je serai pendu pour arranger l'affaire. Nuit aux aventures, Act III. Sc.IX, rôle de Frontin.
Engraving. Plate 260 x 172mm. 10¼ x 6¾". Some foxing; water stain to right-hand side.
A French engraving illustrating a scene from a highly politicised play titled 'Nuit aux aventures'. A harlequin called 'Frontin' stands with his club in front of the gallows, apparently a symbol of chaos and anarchy. The scene seems to have been inspired by actual events in the form of revolutionary riots at Rouen in August 1789, and reflects later attitudes to the early years of the Revolution. This print focuses on Francois Bordier (1758-1789) and his untimely death. He was involved in the pillaging of the Hotel de L'Intendence of Rouen along with a lawyer named Jourdain. They were both arrested and eventually Bordier was condemned to death and hung on 21 August 1789.
[Ref: 18923] £190.00