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The Fountain of Regeneration

Engraving of the Festival of Reunion

Annotation

In this engraving of the Festival of Reunion or Unity of 10 August 1793, a female statue of Nature in the form of the Egyptian goddess Isis represents the regeneration of the French people. It sits on the site of the Bastille prison, whose fall signaled the beginning of the Revolution. The engraving depicts the statue as made of stone, but in fact it was hastily constructed of papier mache. This engraving was printed in 1797 as part of a series of commemorative prints of events of the revolution.

Transcription

Title in French
La Fontaine de la Régénération

Caption

Sur les débris de la Bastille, le 10 août 1793

Credits

Abraham Jacobsz Hulk (engraver)
Charles Monnet (designer)

Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE QB-370 (10)-FT 4

Collection Michel Hennin. Estampes relatives à l'Histoire de France. Tome 132, Pièces 11587-11673, période : 1793
Collection de Vinck. Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870. Vol. 10 (pièces 1571-1762), Ancien Régime et Révolution

How to Cite This Source

"The Fountain of Regeneration," in World History Commons, https://worldhistorycommons.org/fountain-regeneration [accessed August 14, 2022]