The court of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI was among the most splendid of the eighteenth century, a model of elegance, refinement, and extravagance for aristocrats throughout Europe. In this exhibit, the Newberry offers a glimpse at its splendid printed sources that relate to the last great queen of France. The Newberry’s collection of printed and manuscript contredanses are among the strongest in the United States. And in 2001, the Newberry purchased a collection of 533 pamphlets concerning the trial and execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, assembled by a collector in Paris during or shortly after the revolution. Samples of these collections are available in this online resource.
The gallery exhibition was on view at the Newberry from June 4 to July 17, 2005.