April 16, 1850: Died, Marie Tussaud. She was close to the French Royal Family, and when the Reign of Terror came around, her head nearly rolled, as well. In order to prove her loyalty to the new regime, she made death masks of some of the guillotine's victims, including Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Marat, and Robespierre. After an eventful life, Tussaud died quietly in her sleep at the age of 88. Anna Maria, Death Masks, Madame Tussauds, Wax Museums, Born Artists, French Revolution, Mary Tussauds, French History, Wax Sculpture
Born March 27, 1785, Louis Charles de France, he was the second son and third child born to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. He became Dauphin of France upon the death of his older brother in June of 1789, and upon the execution of his father became the King of France as Louis XVII. After his father’s execution, he was forcibly separated from his Mother, Sister, and Aunt. He was often beaten and neglected by his so called “Guardians”, eventually dying in prison at the age of just ten years old.
wedding contract of louis xvi and marie antoinette
Marie Tussaud was arrested and taken to the Bastille for being a royalist supporter. Her head was shaven, a custom before being taken to the guillotine, but was pardoned. She was forced to do not only one of the more curious acts in history, but one of the most morbid. She was employed to make death masks. The first were of course the most obvious: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Marie Thérèse of France, oldest child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Ca. 1796 soon after her release from the Temple.The only member of her family to survive. The news of their fates was kept from her for 3 years. She is dressed in mourning. There is a question whether she retired from public life or was impersonated for the rest of her life by a close friend. Her public life includes that she was the last Queen of France for 20 minutes while her husband signed the abdication papers
SAINT DENIS - La Basilique - A monument to Louis XVII, frail son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. He was imprisoned with his parents, separated from his family, brainwashed to believe Revolutionary propaganda, neglected, and died in a squalid prison cell.