Député de Provence Aux États Généraux de 1789, Mort le 2 Avril 1791.
[Paris: Auber, 1804.]
Mezzotint and etching. 430 x 285mm (17 x 11¼"). Some spotting.
Oval mezzotint portrait of Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749-1791), surrounded by an etched border with engraved text and a scene from his life. A moderate revolutionary, he tried to persuade Louis XVI to accept constitutional monarchy, but died before any deal could be reached. Published in the 'Collection complète des tableaux historiques de la révolution française'. Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de Mirabeau, the French writer and revolutionary. In the 1770s he was condemned to death for the "seduction and abduction" of another man's wife, although he was only imprisoned at the castle of Vincennes, where he met the Marquis de Sade. Having reversed his conviction he was elected to the Estates-General in 1789, in which he a moderate, favouring a constitutional monarchy built on the model of Great Britain. He made secret attempts to negotiate with Louis XIV to achieve this, but died of pericarditis in 1791. Regarded as one of the fathers of the revolution he was buried in the Panthéon, but when his secret negotiations became public knowledge he was disinterred in 1794 and reburied, and his remains are now lost.
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