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The Salle du Manège: where the Right and Left of the National Constituent Assembly would debate during the French Revolution.

The Salle du Manège: where the Right and Left of the National Constituent Assembly would debate during the French Revolution.

Georges-Auguste Couthon at the National Convention in 1793, by Dominique Vivant Denon.

Georges-Auguste Couthon at the National Convention in 1793, by Dominique Vivant Denon.

Constitution de 1791 : décret de l'Assemblée nationale précédé de la Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen. Original imprimé sur parchemin et signé de Louis XVI, scellé du sceau du roi.

Constitution de 1791 : décret de l'Assemblée nationale précédé de la Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen. Original imprimé sur parchemin et signé de Louis XVI, scellé du sceau du roi.

The guillotine blade that was used to behead Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution on 16 October 1793. The blade is on display at Madame Tussauds in London.

The guillotine blade that was used to behead Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution on 16 October 1793. The blade is on display at Madame Tussauds in London.

Josephine Bonaparte (née Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie), widow of Alexandre, Vicomte de Beauharnais, 1st wife of Napoleon I. Pierre Jean David d'Angers (French, Angers 1788–1856 Paris) Date: 19th century Culture: French Medium: Bronze, cast

Josephine Bonaparte (née Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie), widow of Alexandre, Vicomte de Beauharnais, 1st wife of Napoleon I. Pierre Jean David d'Angers (French, Angers 1788–1856 Paris) Date: 19th century Culture: French Medium: Bronze, cast

General Étienne-Maurice Gérard (1773–1852), Marshal of France  Jacques-Louis David  (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels)  Date: 1816

General Étienne-Maurice Gérard (1773–1852), Marshal of France Jacques-Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels) Date: 1816

Revolution Art, French Revolution, Bastille, American Revolution, Independence, Massacre of the Swiss Guards

Revolution Art, French Revolution, Bastille, American Revolution, Independence, Massacre of the Swiss Guards

Diane de Poitiers- Vers 1536, elle devint la maîtresse du dauphin Henri, de dix-neuf ans son cadet. Elle fut à la cour la rivale de la duchesse d'Étampes, maîtresse de François Ier. En 1548, un an après son couronnement, Henri II la fit duchesse de Valentinois. Favorite du roi durant toute la durée de son règne, elle s'imposa aux dépens de la reine Catherine de Médicis et s'entoura d'une cour brillante. Elle poussa le roi à une dure répression des protestants.

Diane de Poitiers- Vers 1536, elle devint la maîtresse du dauphin Henri, de dix-neuf ans son cadet. Elle fut à la cour la rivale de la duchesse d'Étampes, maîtresse de François Ier. En 1548, un an après son couronnement, Henri II la fit duchesse de Valentinois. Favorite du roi durant toute la durée de son règne, elle s'imposa aux dépens de la reine Catherine de Médicis et s'entoura d'une cour brillante. Elle poussa le roi à une dure répression des protestants.

Jeanne Louise Henriette Campan (née Genet (1752-1822) French educator, writer & lady-in-waiting. In the service of Marie Antoinette before & during the French Revolution. She was with Marie during the storming of the Tuileries on 10 August 1792, in which she was forcibly separated from the queen. She survived the dangers of the Reign of Terror

Jeanne Louise Henriette Campan (née Genet (1752-1822) French educator, writer & lady-in-waiting. In the service of Marie Antoinette before & during the French Revolution. She was with Marie during the storming of the Tuileries on 10 August 1792, in which she was forcibly separated from the queen. She survived the dangers of the Reign of Terror

Napoléon I (1769–1821) Jean-Baptiste Isabey (French, Nancy 1767–1855 Paris) Date: 1812

Napoléon I (1769–1821) Jean-Baptiste Isabey (French, Nancy 1767–1855 Paris) Date: 1812

Gold Hilt of a Sword of Napoleon I ornamented with coral cameo portraits from Naples, Italy French 19th century CE exhibited at Fontainebleau

Gold Hilt of a Sword of Napoleon I ornamented with coral cameo portraits from Naples, Italy French 19th century CE exhibited at Fontainebleau

Paul Barras (1755-1829) was born into a noble family. When he was 21 he joined the military as a 'gentleman soldier' and served in India for 2 years. When the Revolution came, despite his noble birth, Barras sided with the Revolutionaries and voted for the King's beheading. He also played a role in the fall of Robespierre, and was rewarded in 1795 by being selected as one of the Directors, a position he used to enrich himself, building a massive fortune.

Paul Barras (1755-1829) was born into a noble family. When he was 21 he joined the military as a 'gentleman soldier' and served in India for 2 years. When the Revolution came, despite his noble birth, Barras sided with the Revolutionaries and voted for the King's beheading. He also played a role in the fall of Robespierre, and was rewarded in 1795 by being selected as one of the Directors, a position he used to enrich himself, building a massive fortune.