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Drawing, "Preliminary study for cartoon for printed cotton: The History of Henry the IV [L'Histoire de Henri IV]", ca. 1820

type: Drawing

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Six islands show scenes from Voltaire's epic "Henriade": upper left: Henry IV before his tent on the field of battle, outside the walls of Paris , counseling the Chevalier d'Aumale before his duel with Henry, Viscount of Tourenne (Canto X, lines 48-49); upper right, Henry IV, seated in a landscape near the port of Dieppe, with his friend Duplessis-Mornay, converses with a holy hermit (Canto I, lines 229-232); center, the entrance of Henry IV into Paris, approaching on horseback the Cathedral of Notre Dame, as his subjects kneel before him (Canto X, lines 512-514); lower right, Henry IV taking leave of his mistress, Gabrielle d'Estrees, before the Temple of Love, and returning with Mornay to the army (Canto IX, lines 344-348); lower center, Pavillon Henry IV of the Louvre; lower right, Henry IV in the Battle of Ivry, in which the Duke of Mayenne is defeated and the Earl of Egmont slain (Canto VIII, lines 180-181).


Bridget Mahon


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