The French Flight!!!
This cartoon is a reference to the flight of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and their family to Varennes, on the French border, on the night of June 20th 1791. General Bouillé and his troups assisted them on their way to Varennes. But the Royal family were recognised and arrested at Varennes by the National Guard who brought them back to Paris.
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[s.l.] : [s.n.], [between ca. 1789 and 1799].
Louis XVI, King of France, (1754-1793), sitting upon the shoulders of Marie Antoinette, (1755-1793), who in turn is sitting on the shoulders of a man. Louis XVI is holding a piece of paper in his right hand "Manifesto for abolishing the new Constitution" and wearing a sash "Perjury" while his crown "Despotism" falls off. He says "Stop - consider my great weight may overset us - and then I am horribly afraid La Fayette will take us -". Marie Antoinette says "Indeed my dear you are of no weight at all - not so heavy as my Necklace. The man holding Marie Antoinette says "Arrah sit easy - the only way to get what you want is to run from it - if our own good Conscience & my Works will support you in a Sublime & Beautiful manner". The man in front of them waves a pickaxe in his right hand and a torch "Bella Horrida Bella" in his left hand. He turns back to look at the others and says "Never fear - If they touch a hair of your heads I will not leave one Stone uon another in Paris - Fire of Hermes [how?] I'll bouilly them!!! all the powers of Europe in my pocket." In his pocket is a piece of paper "A new puppet shew [sic] by Mesr. Conde Artois &c &c!!!". Above them is the sun "Le Soleil De Liberte".
Physical description: 1 print : engraving ; image 25 x 17.4 cm., pasted on sheet 21.7 x 27.2 cm..