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Versailles 1789 French real tennis engraving print

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Zussamenkunst der National Versamlung im Ballspielhause, zu Versailles den 19 Jun. 1789


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Antique sporting print


France's violent transition from the ancien regime that had nurtured tennis (le jeu de paume) to the anti-aristocratic revolution began with the takeover of a tennis court. In June 1789, following a month-long deadlock in the States-General over constitutional reform at the royal palace of Versailles, the frustrated Third Estate (the commons), which had been locked out from the formal meeting place by King Louis XVI, declared itself a National Assembly, took over a royal tennis court, and on June 20th took an oath (serment) not to disperse till their demands were met. Three weeks later, on July 14th, a Paris mob attacked the Bastille prison. German edition of the French engraving.

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artist PJ Laminit (engraver)
method Copper-line engraving
date 1794
size 185mm by 235mm (platemark)
SKU SP7558