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Madame de Lamartine Adopting the Children of Patriots Killed at the Barricades in Paris during the Revolution of 1848

Photo credit: The Bowes Museum

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In a Paris ravaged by the street fighting of the Revolution of 1848, the sun falls on Madame de Lamartine (the wife of the eponymous Romantic poet) holding the hand of a child. She is followed by a seemingly enormous group of orphans, whom, it is implied, she has taken under her wing. This anecdote however appears to have been invented by the artist, as there is no record of such an episode to be found. The subject corresponded well to Mme de Lamartine's character, as her husband was a key figure in the Revolution of 1848 and the couple was known for their great generosity.

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle


Madame de Lamartine Adopting the Children of Patriots Killed at the Barricades in Paris during the Revolution of 1848




oil on canvas


H 81.3 x W 99.3 cm

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bequeathed by the Founders, 1885

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