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Day of 13 Vendemaire of the Year 4

Day of 13 Vendemaire of the Year 4


In the waning days of the Convention in the fall of 1795, royalist–influenced sections of Paris revolted to prevent the adoption of a new constitution that protected the position of the radicals. Bonaparte was delegated to put down the uprising of 5 October 1795 (13 Vendémiaire Year IV). Bonaparte’s decisiveness and willingness to fire cannons on the demonstrators—in his words, to "give them a whiff of grapeshot"—consolidated the government’s control, but revealed how much the revolutionary state after Thermidor was dependent on the military.


Title (French)
Journée du XIII Vendemiaire, l'an IV


Isidore-Stanislas Helman (engraver)
Jean Duplessi-Bertaux (engraver)
Charles Monnet (designer)
Michel Hennin. Estampes relatives à l'Histoire de France. Tome 137, Pièces 12049-12140, période : 1795.
de Vinck. Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870. Vol. 48 (pièces 6461-6583), Ancien Régime et Révolution.
Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE FOL-QB-201 (137).

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