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Lot 491/0297

Estimate EUR: €500 - €700
Hammer price: €0

Ex. Rare Irish Broadsheet An Irish Perspective on the Execution of Louis XVI, 1793 Broadsheet (50 x 39 cm), with engraving of the event, headed: “Massacre of the French King. View of the Guillotine or the modern Beheading Machine at Paris by which the unfortunate Louis XVI (late King of France) suffered on the Scaffold, January 21st 1793. The letterpress gives the text of the Decree, Report and Orders for the Day, followed by a detailed and moving account of the execution. “Published at the Dublin Museum, No. 9, Mary-Street, where may be seen [with a variety of other Exhibitions] a MODEL of the above machine, – admittance 1s.1d. The execution on the guillotine of Louis XVI was one of the most dramatic events of the Reign of Terror into which the French Revolution was beginning to degenerate; it was followed eleven days later by the National Convention’s declaration of war against Britain and the Netherlands. Initially, the Revolution had been greeted with enthusiasm by British and Irish liberals – “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive” – but the King’s execution caused general revulsion. The proprietors of the Dublin Museum were evidently quick to use the change in public opinion to commercial advantage! Extremely Rare. Probably Unique. (1)