Drowning in the Loire by Order of the Fierce Carrier

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Title

Drowning in the Loire by Order of the Fierce Carrier

Description

On 6–7 December 1793, Jean–Baptiste Carrier, a deputy sent by the Convention to suppress the insurrection at Nantes, accepted, if he did not in fact welcome, a measure proposed by the local Revolutionary Tribunal to fill seven boats with an estimated 200–300 prisoners (not all of them yet convicted) and sink them in the Loire River. Some accounts reported that the victims had their hands tied, but, if they managed to free them, troops in boats were there to hack off their arms. This gruesome massacre, which symbolized the excesses of the Terror for many, is depicted in this engraving by Berthault as one of the "great moments" of the Revolution.

Creator

Pierre-Gabriel Berthault (engraver)
Jean Duplessi-Bertaux (engraver)

Source

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Date

1802

Rights

Public Domain

Relation

http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/d/112/|<span>de Vinck. <em>Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870</em>. Vol. 47 (pièces 6357-6460), Ancien Régime et Révolution</span>

Format

JPEG

Language

French

Identifier

112

Original Format

Engraving

Physical Dimensions

24 x 29 cm

Title (French)

Noyades dans la Loire, par ordre du féroce Carrier

Caption

les 6 et 7 décembre 1793, ou 5 et 6 frimaire an 2.eme de la République

Citation

Pierre-Gabriel Berthault (engraver) and Jean Duplessi-Bertaux (engraver), “Drowning in the Loire by Order of the Fierce Carrier,” LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY: EXPLORING THE FRENCH REVOUTION, accessed July 20, 2024, https://revolution.chnm.org/d/112.