1875 Woodcut Alphonse Neuville Nude Horse Death Brunehaut Fredegonde XEA6


This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut of an illustration by French artist Alphonse de Neuville, which depicts the execution of Brunehaut, the beautiful princess of the Visigoths who made the biggest mistake of her life by marrying Sigebert, King of Austrasia. Sigebert's brother Chilperic took one look at that gorgeous woman, and immediately asked if she had a sister. She did, and Chilperic married her, much to the horror of his conniving ex-wife, Fredegonde. In what would soon turn out to be a horrible decision, she had the new wife strangled, and remarried Chilperic, thus securing the hate connection between her and her sister-in-law Brunehaut for the rest of their lives. Fredegonde's unfortunate son, Clovis II, eventually had the poor woman executed, probably because of all the lies he was told about her by his evil mother. He chose to let her be dragged to death by a wild horse.


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

  • Product Type: Original Woodcut; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6 x 8.5 inches; 15 x 22 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: mare, kill, naked, breast

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