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Taking of Weapons at the Invalides

  • Engraving of crowd gathered to sack royal hospital


From the City Hall, the crowd that had gathered on the morning of 14 July crossed the Seine River and sacked the royal veterans’ hospital known as the Invalides, where it hoped to capture arms. In Berthault’s engraving, the scene appears chaotic. The guards seem unsure how to react to the surging, leaderless, yet determined crowd.

Pierre-Gabriel Berthault, Taking of Weapons at the Invalides, 1802, Bibliothèque Nationale de France.


Title in French
Prise des armes aux Invalides

dans la matinée du 14 Juillet 1789


Jean Duplessi-Bertaux (engraver)
Jean-Louis Prieur (designer)

Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE QB-370 (9)-FT 4

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