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Incident of the Revolution of 1848 in Paris at the Corner of Rue St Jacques

Photo credit: The Bowes Museum

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Between the 23rd and the 26th June 1848 violent riots took place in the French capital after the government decided to shut the Ateliers Nationaux, workshop providing an income for the unemployed. This scene shows the army being shot at by the mob from a barricade and windows on the place du Petit-Pont, an event that took place on 23rd June. Historical accounts reveal that this episode was particularly brutal and that General Bedeau was injured in the fight as we was ordering cannons to be directed against the houses looking over the barricade, and from where insurgents were shooting at the troops.

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle




oil on canvas


H 80 x W 98 cm

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bequeathed by the Founders, 1885

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