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Incident of the Revolution of 1848 in Paris in the Court of the Louvre

Photo credit: The Bowes Museum

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In the courtyard of the Louvre, a student from the Saint Cyr military school leads a religious procession. A man holds a cross, followed by soldiers in uniforms, whilst a crowd of Parisians looks on. The scene refers to an actual event that happened on 24th February 1848, when a man called Potel carried the crucifix from the Chapel of the Tuileries to the Church of St Roch in the midst of a crowd of rioters who bowed their heads and followed him to the church, where the crucifix was placed and the parish priest blessed the group of kneeling rebels.

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle




oil on canvas


H 78.7 x W 96.2 cm

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bequeathed by the Founders, 1885

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Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8NP England

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