Title: Symbol and satire in the French Revolution
Year: 1912 (1910s)
Authors: Henderson, Ernest F. (Ernest Flagg), 1861-1928
Subjects: Caricatures and cartoons
Publisher: New York, London, G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress
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My God,how heart-rending it is to part from them forever! Farewell,farewell! I shall give myself up to my spiritual duties.As I am not free, they will probably bring me one of theirpriests, but I swear here that I will say no word to himbut treat him like an absolute alien. The artist David, sitting at the side of the noto-rious Madame Tallien, sketched Marie Antoinetteas she passed him on the way to execution. Wasit meant for a caricature, or did the once beautifulQueen really look like that? Her hair had, indeed,been cut short in order that it might not interferewhen the blade of the guillotine descended on herneck; she had been obliged to don the cap of Liber-ty ; she rode in a common cart with her hands tiedbehind her back. At all events, the sketch is astriking symbol of the passing of the glory of thisworld, and months of loneliness and dread may Plate 162, p. 387. Terror 389 well have given her that rigid look. The drawingis a more creditable memorial to her than it is toDavid.
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Plate 163. A representation of a memorial urn with the silhouettes ofLouis XVI and Marie Antoinette. We have the representation of a funeral urnwith the hidden silhouettes of the King and Queenwhich scarcely would have been allowed to circulatein France. There must have been many, however, Plate 163, above. 390 The French Revolution who felt inclined to weep, and we shall see in ournext chapter that artists treated very dangeroussubjects. The trial of the Girondists followed immediatelyupon that of the Queen. The general charge wasconspiracy against the unity and indivisibility ofthe republic. These men had dared to recom-mend a different public policy from that of theblind fanatics who were now in power—^that wastheir real crime. How far removed were thosedreams of liberty, those broken yokes and sunderedchains, that filled the minds of the first Revolu-tionists! The rights of man, where now werethey? The very essence of the parliamentarysystem is that men may not be called to acc
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