1875 Woodcut King Louis XVI France Winter Sledge Charity Work Marie XEA6


This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut which depicts King Louis XVI making a point to his courtiers. Whilst Marie Antoinette and her ilk frolicked around in decked out sledges during the crisp Parisian winter, her husband the King was busy sending out laden wagons of logs for the poor. As the caption reads, those were his sledges, although in the long run neither would provide the couple with a safe getaway in the upcoming French Revolution.


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 3.5 inches; 14 x 9 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.

Keywords specific to this image: horse, carriage, France