Decree - Louis XVI of France - 1791 - Contribution patriotique | Liberty Leading the People (Eugène Delacroix)
Decree N°207 of the National Assembly with a large woodcut vignette dated 25 Février 1791. Original document printed on watermarked laid paper by CAPEL at Dijon in 1791.
This historical document is composed of these 2 documents mounted under passepartout :
Decree - Louis XVI - 1791 - Contribution patriotique
Liberty Leading the People (Eugène Delacroix)
Louis XVI, born August 23, 1754 in Versailles and died guillotined on January 21, 1793 in Paris, was King of France and Navarre from May 10, 1774 to November 6, 1789, then King of the French until September 21, 1792. He was the last king of France of the so-called Ancien Régime period.
Son of the Dauphin Louis of France and Marie-Josèphe of Saxe, he became Dauphin upon the death of his father. Married in 1770 to Marie-Antoinette of Austria, he ascended the throne in 1774, at the age of nineteen, on the death of his grandfather Louis XV. The coronation of the king took place on June 11, 1775, in the cathedral of Reims.
Among the major events of Louis XVI's reign was his signing of the Edict of Versailles on 7 November 1787, which was registered in the parlement on 29 January 1788. Granting non-Roman Catholics – Huguenots and Lutherans, as well as Jews – civil and legal status in France and the legal right to practice their faiths, this edict effectively nullified the Edict of Fontainebleau that had been law for 102 years. The Edict of Versailles did not legally proclaim freedom of religion in France – this took two more years, with the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1789 – however, it was an important step in eliminating religious tensions and it officially ended religious persecution within his realm.
Passionate about geography and maritime science, Louis XVI commissioned Jean-François de La Pérouse to travel around the world and map the Pacific Ocean, which was still little known at the time, despite the voyages of Cook and Bougainville. The king is behind the entire expedition.
Louis XVI is best known for his role in the French Revolution. It began in 1789 after the summons of the states-general to refinance the state. Third Party MPs, who claim the support of the people, proclaim themselves "National Assembly" and end the absolute monarchy of divine right. First, Louis XVI had to leave the Palace of Versailles for Paris, and seemed to accept becoming a constitutional monarch.
The agitation of the Parisian people is at its peak following the dismissal of Jacques Necker and the presence of mercenary troops in the vicinity of the city. The capture of the Bastille, which took place on Tuesday 14 July 1789 in Paris, is one of the inaugural and emblematic events of the French Revolution.
The National Convention succeeds the Legislative Assembly and establishes the First Republic. At its first sitting on 21 September 1792, it decreed that the royalty was abolished in France and that the Year I of the French Republic would be abolished on 22 September 1792. Louis XVI then lost all his titles.
On 11 December, the deposed king was brought from the Temple to stand before the Convention and hear his indictment, an accusation of high treason and crimes against the State. The trial of the former king, tried as an ordinary citizen and now called Citoyen Capet, began on December 11, 1792, the court being the Convention itself.
Louis XVI was guillotined on Monday, January 21, 1793 in Paris, Place de la Revolution (current Place de la Concorde). He is buried in the cemetery of Madeleine in a mass grave and covered with lime. On 18 and 19 January 1815, Louis XVIII had his remains and those of Marie-Antoinette exhumed and buried at the Basilica of Saint-Denis on 21 January. In addition, he had the Chapelle expiatoire built in their memory at the site of the cemetery of the Madeleine.
With more than 20 years experience and a catalogue of more than 40.000 antique prints, drawings and historical documents dating from the 14th to the 19th century, the Galerie Napoléon, parisian antique dealer's gallery, is one of the world references in the field of antique prints,etchings and antique graphic arts.
In addition to thousands of impassioned of antique prints throughout the world, the Galerie Napoléon is honoured to count among its customers : national archives, museums, historical monuments and important home designer companies. All attracted by the extraordinary diversity of its catalogue and the quality and speed of its services.
This experience allows us to guarantee to each one of our customers the authenticity of the antiques in our catalogue and the shipment of their orders within 24 hours.
Customize for free the color of your museum quality bevel cut edge passepartout (acid free & neutral pH) among a color chart of 23 shades.
This option will be offered to you free of charge in the cart.
All our antiques can be shipped worldwide. The orders are dispatched within 24H in a secured packaging.
The Galerie Napoléon offers free shipping for all orders over 50EUR for France, 70EUR for all EU destinations and 90EUR for worldwide destinations.
For orders below these amounts, the shipping costs are 8EUR for France, 12EUR for all EU destinations and 17EUR for worldwide destinations.