Hand-signed A4 print on 220gsm white parchment.
Marie Antionette was the last Queen of France before the French Revolution dismantled the monarchy. She was born the Archduchess of Austria, and in 1770, when she was only fourteen, became the Dauphine of France after marrying Louis-Auguste. France embraced her, however, twenty-three years later she lost her head to the guillotine at the hand of French revolutionaries. Thrust into a social and political maelstrom, the young and light-hearted Queen was renowned for her excessive spending, exuberant tastes in fashion and jewellery, lavish parties and sexual wantonness.
Whether the rumours about her overindulgent life are true or not, one thing for certain was her obliviousness of her subjects’ plight, the growing malcontent they harboured and her inability to fully comprehend the French people’s thirst for democracy. All of this would come crashing down around her, ultimately turning her fairy tale life into one of tragedy.