[Louis XVI of France taking leave of his Family.]
[British, n.d., c.1794.]
Engraving on india paper, proof before title. 290 x 480mm, 11˝ x 19". Margins a little tatty and chipped, with small tears. Otherwise fine.
According to a pen annotation on verso, this is a headpiece to the London Almanac of 1794. The central design, a highly sentimental portrayal of the French Royal family inside the King's cell, is flanked by cannon and flag with a view of a chateau and guillotine through arched stone windows. On Monday 21 January 1793, stripped of all titles and honorifics by the Republican Government, Citoyen Louis Capet (King Louis XVI of France, b.1754) was beheaded by guillotine in the Place de la Révolution (now the Place de la Concorde), Paris.
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