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Drawing, "Cartoon for Printed Textile: The History of Henri IV [L'Histoire de Henri IV]", ca. 1820

type: Drawing

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Scenes from the life of Henri IV (1553-1610), King of France, as described in Voltaire's "Henriade": scene 1, upper left: Henri and his friend, Duplessis-Mornay, are seated near the port of Dieppe, conversing with a holy hermit (Canto, lines 229-232); scene 2, upper right: Henri, entering Paris in triumph, is received by his subjects (Canto X, lines 512-514); scene 3, center: Henri in the Battle of Ivry, in which the Duc de Mayenne was defeated and the Earl of Egmont slain (Canto VIII, lines 180-181); scene 4, lower left: before his tent on the battlefield outside Paris, Henri counsels the Chevalier d'Aumale before his duel with Henri, Vicomte de Turenne (Canto X, lines 48-49); scene 5, lower right: Henri taking leave of his mistress, Gabrielle d'Estrees, before the Temple of Love, returns with Mornay to his army (Canto IX, lines 344-348). At the top of the design is the Pont Neuf, and at the bottom, the Pavillon Henri IV of the Louvre, signifying the public works carried out in Paris by the monarch. Voltaire's couplets are included (in ink) with each scene.


Bridget Mahon
Hartmann et Fils Manufactory


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