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Image of the Queen’s Defense

  • Engraving of Marie Antoinette at her trial


The trial of the Queen is here depicted in a tinted engraving by Jean Duplessi–Bertaux as part of his series of Historical Scenes of the French Revolution. Although it refers to her as "Marie Antoinette, the Austrian," the etching portrays her somewhat sympathetically, showing her in a graceful pose with a concerned look on her face amid a hostile prosecutor, judge, and soldiers.

Jean Duplessi-Bertaux (engraver), Jean-Baptiste-Michel Dupréel (engraver), and Jacques Bertaux (painter), "Image of the Queen’s Defense," 1806, Bibliothèque Nationale de France


Title in French
Marie Antoinette d'Autriche au tribunal révolutionnaire

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