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Farewell Bastille

Engraving of man in foreground wearing French colors and observing two others in combat


This hand–colored engraving equates the taking of the Bastille with the rise of the Third Estate against the clergy and nobility. A commoner in a black hat sporting a tricolor cockade plays the bagpipe triumphantly over the fallen lion of the absolutist monarchy. To the side, a revolutionary soldier raises his sword to menace a priest.


Title in French
Adieu Bastille


Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE FOL-QB-201 (118)

Michel Hennin. Estampes relatives à l'Histoire de France. Tome 118, Pièces 10278-10385, période : 1789

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"Farewell Bastille," in World History Commons, [accessed August 12, 2022]