Final portrait of Marie Antoinette

Emily Crouch Research

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This image is the last portrait of Marie Antoinette taken from life. It was drawn by the artist Jacques-Louis David, on 16 October 1793.
On that morning, she was taken from the Conciergerie in an open horse-drawn cart to Place de la Concorde. It was on her slow procession to the guillotine that David would have seen her and make his sketch.

The image shows the queen sitting, with her hair cropped and hands bound behind her back. Although a sketch, her apparent emaciated and aged appearance is visible and bears stark contrast to the images of her that we are more accustomed to seeing.

The note below the drawing reads, ‘Portrait de Marie Antoinette reine de france conduite au supplice; dessiné à la plume par David spectateur du convoi & placé sur la fenêtre avec la citoyenne jullien épouse du représentant jullien, de qui je tiens cette piece.’

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