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Lot 8

HIPPOLYTE DELAROCHE (1797-1856): THE GUILLOTINE
Oil on canvas, unsigned, lined, with label from Tennessee Fine Arts Center, Nashville, TN.
41 x 63 1/2 in., 46 x 78 1/2 in. (frame).

Note: The scene depicted here is the 1794 guillotine deaths of the Martyrs of Compiegne, the sixteen Carmelite nuns who were sentenced to death during the Reign of Terror. During the anti-clericalism of the French Revolution, the nuns refused to obey the mandate that suppressed their monastery. They were arrested, imprisoned and brought to Paris where they were condemned as traitors and sentenced to death. On July 17, 1794, this group of sixteen nuns were guillotined. The novice, Sister Constance, was the first to die, followed by the lay sisters and ending with the prioress, Mother Teresa of St. Augustine.

Provenance: Nashville Museum of Art.
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, TN
Estimate $ 1,500-2,500

Sold for $3,000


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