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Unlocking History

10:55, Tue 22 Jan 2013

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898) filled his home at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, with a sizable collection of eighteenth century French art and associated ephemera from the Revolution in 1789 through to the July, or Second French, Revolution of 1830. Among its collections are the Tableaux de la Révolution and a series of eighteenth century continental trade cards.
The prints portray key moments in France's revolutionary period, including the storming of the Bastille and the executions of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette and culminate around the time of Napoleon.
Academics from the University of Warwick and Queen Mary University of London helped to preserve these national treasures by digitising the content. Waddesdon Manor has used this new digital content to create a free, online catalogue so academics and the wider public can view the collections from anywhere in the world.
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