Description Couthon was originally a supporter of a constitutional monarchy for France, but he became associated with Maximilien Robespierre and was named president of the Convention in 1793. Together with Robespierre he introduced the Reign of Terror. Couthon was guillotined in 1794. The inscription reads in translation, "Couthon: God and the law, virtue, and probity are the order of the day, [there can be] no Republic without morals, without patriotism, [and] without Virtue."
Provenance William A. McCarty-Cooper; Christie's, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph G. Reinis, New York, January 22, 1992, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2006, by gift.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Couthon, Dieu et la loi, la vertu et la probité à l'orde du jour, point de République sans moeurs sans patriotisme sans Vertu; [Mark] On reverse, of Eck et Durand; [Stamp] On reverse: 125
Credit Gift of Joseph G. Reinis, 2006
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