6 of 17 portraits of Louis XVI, King of France
by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by C. Guisan, sold by J.F. Tomkins, after Pierre Noel Violet
stipple engraving, published 12 February 1793
8 in. x 6 in. (204 mm x 151 mm) plate size; 11 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (286 mm x 206 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
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Sitterback to top
- Louis XVI, King of France (1754-1793), King of France 1774-1792. Sitter in 17 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), Engraver. Artist associated with 164 portraits, Sitter in 16 portraits.
- C. Guisan (active 1791-1793). Artist associated with 2 portraits.
- J.F. Tomkins (active 1790-1799), Publisher. Artist associated with 7 portraits.
- Pierre Noel Violet (1749-1819), French painter. Artist associated with 5 portraits.
Events of 1793back to top
Current affairsWhig MP Charles Grey enters a motion for parliamentary reform but is defeated in the House of Commons.
Art and scienceRadical philosopher William Godwin publishes Political Justice, an inflamatory document that promoted rational anarchism. This crystallised a wider feeling that a new era of world peace and progress was beginning.
Sir William Beechey is appointed Portrait Painter to her Majesty, Queen Charlotte.
InternationalLouis XVI and Marie-Antoinette are executed and the Reign of Terror begins.
France declares war on Britain, Holland and then Spain. William Pitt addresses the House of Commons and Britain hesitantly joins the first coalition of anti-revolutionary European states to oppose the French threat.
Attack on Corsica in which Captain Horatio Nelson loses an eye.