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An Ordinary Guillotine

  • Engraving of image of a guillotine on wooden platform


The guillotine was first introduced as a humane, efficient, and above all modern form of execution in April 1792; during the radical phase of the Republic, it would become the symbol of the Terror. This engraving suggests the guillotine is providing "good support for liberty."

1791-1795, Bibliothèque Nationale de France.


La Véritable guillotine ordinaere

Ha, le bon soutien pour la liberté!


Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE QB-370 (29)-FT 4 De Vinck, 4988.

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