Portrait of French Revolution Hero, General Francois Marceau
France Early - Mid 19th Century
Hand colored print of General Francois Severin Marceau ( 1769-1796 ), the young hero of the French Revolutionary War who died in battle at the age of 28. At the age of 20 he participated in the storming of the Bastille in July of 1789. He was imprisoned for a short time under suspicion of anti Revolutionary sentiment (was anyone not under suspicion?) but soon returned to service distinguishing himself in fighting the Royalists in 1793 and attained the rank of General. Straying from his home soil he was killed in battle in the southern Rhine by Hapsburg Austrian troops. Even the Austrians paid him great honor and buried his ashes in Koblenz.
Lord Byron immortalized the General in his poem “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage”.
Very good + condition with light scattered foxing mostly in the top right and left margins.
Not examined out of the frame.
Image 16 1/2" X 12 1/2". Frame 28 1/2" X 23 1/8"