The Sentiments of the Nation
Les Sentiments de la Nation

Jean François Janinet, French, 1752 - 1814. After a watercolor by Jean-Baptiste Marie Huet, French, 1745 - 1811.

Date:
1778

Medium:
Wash-manner engraving printed in color from four plates

Dimensions:
Plate: 8 5/8 x 7 7/8 inches (21.9 x 20 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1944-80-69

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Morris Hawkes, 1944

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Label:
Jean-François Janinet's tender family portrait commemorates the eagerly anticipated birth of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI's first child, Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte (1778-1851). Here we see the queen holding the infant girl between an oval portrait of her mother, the Empress Maria Theresa, and a marble bust of her husband. At the left of this heart-shaped composition, a white spaniel and an anchor are symbols of fidelity and hope; at right, an altar symbolizes love. When reissued three years later in celebration of the birth of a male heir, Louis-Joseph-Xavier, the only alteration to the plate was the addition of the Dauphin's birth date, October 22, 1781, to the engraved text below.