Description Louis-Marie Larévellière-Lepeaux (1753-1824) held numerous political offices. In 1792 he proposed offering French protection to all peoples seeking freedom from persecution and, in 1793, voted for the execution of Louis XVI. Forced into hiding after the defeat of the Girondists in 1793, he reemerged in 1794 during the Thermidorian Reaction, was active in the adoption of the Constitution of 1795, and opposed the royalist uprising of 13 Vendémiaire. He was forced to leave the directory and retired from politics in 1804. He was the grandfather of Madame David D'Angers.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Bottom center: David; [Inscription] On left: LAREVELLIÈRE / LEPEAUX; [Inscription] On right: DANS AUCUNE CIRCONSTANCE DE MA VIE JE NE PLIERAI MON LANGAGE ET MES ACTIONS AU GRÉ DES PARTIS, NI POUR OBTENIR LEURS FAVEURS, NI POUR SAUVER MA TÊTE.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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