Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Jacques Garcia - upcoming sale

Sotheby's in Paris gives advance notice of what promises to be one of the sales of the year...On 16th May, the designer and collector Jacques Garcia intends to offer for auction 75 works of art, many of which once belonged to royalty and nobility...

Monday, 30 January 2023

New Tom Paine museum in Thetford

The Tom Paine hotel in Thetford unveils ambitious plans for a new £70,000 museum dedicated to the town's most famous son. 

Sunday, 29 January 2023

Charette movie - thumbs down!

Vaincre ou Mourir!, the film from Puy de Fou on the life of Charette,  is now on general release in France. Predictably it has been caned for its Right-wing bias.  Equally predictably,  "most cinema critics agree that the movie is … bad."  Shame!

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

A new drawing of Robespierre

 Among the most noteworthy lots items from the collection of  Doctor André Bernheim, auctioned by Giquello et associés on 21st January,  was this remarkable drawing of Robespierre, signed by the pupil of David, Claude Gautherot (Paris, 1769-1825).

Monday, 23 January 2023

Louis XVI remembered

This Sunday the 230th anniversary of the execution of Louis XVI  was commemorated by Royalists in France.  The Duke of Anjou, "Louis XX", put in a personal appearance for Mass at the Chapelle Expiatoire. 

Sunday, 22 January 2023

Last statues of Louis XVI

 The Gal Times [published in Abkhazia] marks the anniversary of the execution of Louis XVI with an article on  surviving statues of the King.  Today, only two statues remain in public spaces: in Nantes and in Loroux-Bottereau.

Saturday, 21 January 2023

French drawings at the Clark

The exhibition Promenades on Paper: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France runs at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts until 12th March. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Long live French fries!

Here is a nice accessible article in English on French resistance to the cultivation of potatoes and on  Antoine-Augustin Parmentier's tireless campaign on behalf of the spud.  Editorial on the Slurrp website, 16.01.2023.

Wednesday, 28 December 2022

M.-A. biopic - thumbs down?

Initial reactions to the new Marie-Antoinette biopic, airing over the festive season on BBC2.   Reviews are mostly negative, though the Guardian reviewer enjoyed it....I think I might just give this one a miss.

Tuesday, 27 December 2022

The French Revolution and the Islamic World

The Collector publishes an article, by Batuhan Asku, on perceptions of the French Revolution in the Islamic World. 

Monday, 26 December 2022

Thursday, 15 December 2022

Voltaire in wax

 The Voltaire Foundation blog has a post this month on waxwork images of Voltaire.