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Revolution under a King: French Prints 1789-92

Revolution under a King: French Prints 1789-92
UCL Art Museum
Monday 11 January – Friday 10 June 2016

UCL Art Museum, University College London, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Revolution under a King features a selection of prints from the early, highly volatile years of the French Revolution, curated by Emeritus Professor David Bindman and Dr Richard Taws, in a collaboration between UCL Art Museum and UCL History of Art. It will run from 11 January to 10 June 2016 and will be open to the public Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm.

The French Revolution was a major series of historical events but also an important media event. Printed information was communicated extensively throughout Europe and the combination of image and text, employed in newspapers and graphic works, made powerful use of satire and caricature. It is however often overlooked that the Fall of the Bastille was in fact followed by three years in which the king of France still nominally presided over the dissolution of the old feudal order. This exhibition traces the early years of the Revolution from the ‘June Days’ of 1789 to the eventual deposition of Louis XVI in 1792. The exhibition will consist of vivid coloured prints of major events from the period, and a selection of medals, including one made from ‘chains of servitude’ supposedly found in the ruins of the Bastille.

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