Alphonse François (1814-1888)
Marie-Antoinette au Tribunal révolutionnaire
(Marie Antoinette at the Revolutionary Tribunal)

Engraving in unfinished state, c. 1857; 8 ¼” x 10 7/8”
From the painting by Paul Delaroche (1797-1856)
Donated by Ciro Galeno, Jr.; framing by the Noble Maritime Collection

Alphonse François (1814-1888) learned engraving at the school of Louis-Pierre Henriquel-Dupont.  He did several engravings from works by contemporary French painters and Italian masters.  In 1857 he was designated an officer of the Légion d'honneur and in 1873 a member of the Institut de France.  This is a rare early state of his engraving of Marie Antoinette; later he added background details.