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Fête pour la Paix Générale donnée à Paris le 18 Brumaire. Pont et Place de la Concorde.

One of two fête prints showing the illuminations of the Tuileries bridges for the celebration of the ‘Paix Générale’ at Paris, November 9, 1801’. This was the second commemoration of Napoleon’s coup d’état of 18 Brumaire 1799. This print shows a night time view from the Rive Gauche looking across the river Seine along the Pont de la Concorde towards the north-east. The bridge and waterside are decorated with artificial lights. On the river in the foreground to the right, a group of small boats is depicted. The sky over the bridge is characterized by a large cumulus cloud that’s lit up by the fireworks.

Credit: Purchase, Susan Schulman Printseller Gift, in honor of Catherine Jenkins, and Brooke Russell Astor Bequest, 2014

1801-2
Line engraving with watercolor and gouache
64.0 x 82.0cm
2014.146.2
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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