Primary Source

Fusillade in the Faubourg St. Antoine, 28 April 1789

  • Engraving of riot scene

Annotation

This image chronicles a riot. Many believe it was caused by artisans who attacked the Reveillon wallpaper shop and factory because they believed that the owner was about to lower wages. Over two days, more than 6,000 attacked the place. On 28 April troops were called and fired on the crowd. The official report noted 71 killed, wounded, or detained. This conflict reveals the animosity between the artisans and authorities as well as divisions between commoner owners and artisans that would eventually turn the Third Estate against itself.

Claude Niquet 1802, Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Transcription

Title in French
Fusillade au fauxbourg St Antoine, le 28 avril 1789

Caption
Après le pillage de la maison et de la manufacture de Réveillon, les gardes françaises et suisses, qui s'avançoient dans le fauxbourg pour en chasser les brigands, ayant été assaillis par une grêle de pierres et de tuiles qu'on leur lançoit de differentes maisons ; firent feu sur les assaillans dont ils firent un grand carnage

Credits

J. Pélicier (engraver)
Abraham Girardet (designer)
Vény (designer)
Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE QB-370 (9)-FT 4.

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Fusillade in the Faubourg St. Antoine, 28 April 1789 in World History Commons,