Serment du jeu de PaumeLe 20 Juin 1789, les Membres de l'Assemblee nationale se rendant a la Salle de leurs Seances, a Versailles, trouverent ce lieu ferme...
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Engraving. 630 x 830mm. Cut to within plate mark, excellent image, minor damage to lower right hand corner.
France’s violent transition from the ancien regime that had nurtured tennis (le jeu de paume) to the anti-aristocratic revolution began, appropriately enough, with the take-over of a tennis court. In June 1789, following a month-long deadlock in the States-General over constitutional reform at the royal palace of Versailles, the frustrated Third Estate (the commons), which had been locked out from the formal meeting-place by King Louis XVI, declared itself a National Assembly, took over the royal tennis-court, and on June 20th took an oath (serment) not to disperse till their demands were met. Three weeks later, on July 14th, followed the mob attack on the royal prison, the Bastille.
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