1875 Woodcut Alphonse Neuville Margerite Valois Leran Bartholomews Day XEA6


This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut of an illustration by French artist Alphonse de Neuville which depicts Maguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre and France, scared witless by the strange man who ran into her bedroom during the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. Without thinking, he had rushed into her room and thrown himself on her for protection. Members of the Catholic force that made up the perpetrators of the massacre raced into the room after, looking so menacing that the Queen was shrieking as much as the poor Huguenot. Nanqay, the Captain of the Guard, arrived on the scene shortly after, and burst out laughing at the bizarre situation. The injured Protestant, named de Leran, was allowed to live, and the Queen nursed him back to health herself. However, this was but one of the few happily-ending stories from that horrible and brutal event.


This 136+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects.No surface rub.No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Woodcut; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5.5 x 8 inches; 14 x 20 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This image was selected from a collection of woodcuts and steel engravings prolifically depicting scenes from French history, ranging from ancient Gaul to Charlemagne and his wars, to Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette. Historically important for French archivists, these images are extremely rare to locate and are virtually unseen individually. Period Paper is pleased to present these beautifully preserved images, which would make an ideal addition to any French lover's collection. To view more images from this portfolio, please click on the link offered below the condition paragraph.

This piece was illustrated by De Neuville, Alphonse. Artist signature in print - bottom right of image.

De Neuvile, Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe

Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville (1835 _ 1885) was a French painter who specialized in very patriotic historical scenes with subjects such as the Franco-Prussian War, the Crimean War and the Zulu War. He originally joined the naval school in Lorient, France, but he soon realized that his primary passion was art. After his death, several of his pieces were acquired for the Luxembourg Palace in Paris.

Keywords specific to this image: cross, persecution, soldier, Wars of Religion, France, Paris

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