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Exhibitions and records of works of art

Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


'Mme Elisabeth conduite au supplice'


Albumen print? | RCIN 2160825

Photograph of a drawing by Paul Delaroche, created arounds 1856. The subject matter was inspired by an episode from the French Revolution in which Élisabeth of France (1764-94), Louis XVI’s sister, was forced to witness her court attendants on their way to execution. The work depicts a group of men and women standing in a row inside a vaulted room of the Conciergerie. They are led away through a doorway on the right by armed guards. Élisabeth stands centrally looking at the death procession, her hands bound behind her back. A woman collapses on her knees as she holds onto Élisabeth’s skirt.

  • Creator(s)

    After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • France
          • Île-de-France [France]
            • Paris [France]
              • Conciergerie Prison [Paris]
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the eighteenth century
              • Wars of the French Revolution (1792-1802)