Collection Générale des Portraits de M.M. les Députés à l'Assemblée Nationale tenue à Versailles le 4 Mai 1789.
A fine aquatint printed in brown and black. Plate 235 x 178mm. 9¼ x 7".
Trophime-Gérard, Marquis de Lally-Tollendal (1751-1830) was a French politician. In 1778 he was successful in persuading King Louis XVI to annul the decree which had sentenced his father to death, but after much debate, Lally's innocence was never fully admitted by the French judges. He joined the opposition to the strict regime of the Marquis de Mirabeau but later emigrated to Great Britain. During the trial of Louis XIV he offered to defend the King, but was not allowed to return to France, and only did so after the establishment of the Consulate and was honoured with the title, Peer of France, by Louis XVIII and in 1816 he became a member of the French Academy. He then devoted the rest of his life to understanding and bringing about prison reform.
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