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Louis XVI Stopt in his Flight at Varennes

Painting depicting the King's flight


This romantic English painting of the King’s flight suggests only a few feet separated the King from escape.


Title in French
Arrestation du Roy Louis XVI a Varennes


The inhabitants being informed who the travellers were, sounded the alarm, barricaded the bridge, and seized the horses. the king's attendants would have killed the fellows that stopt the carriage but the King unwilling to be the cause of bloodshed, forbad all resistance and surrendered himself to the Magistrate of the Town.


Domenico Pellegrini (painter)

Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE QB-370 (23)-FT 4

Michel Hennin. Estampes relatives à l'Histoire de France. Tome 125, Pièces 10979-11059, période : 1791
de Vinck. Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870. Vol. 23 (pièces 3894-4078), Ancien Régime et Révolution

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"Louis XVI Stopt in his Flight at Varennes," in World History Commons, [accessed August 13, 2022]