Lejeune, Nicolas

Rejoicing at the announcement of the abolition of slavery. 30 Pluviose, Year II / 18 February 1794

circa 1794

Place Made
India ink and gouache on paper
13 ¾ x 11 in.
Credit Line
Gift of Joseph Baillio
Accession #

Drawing in ink with gouache highlights on paper in hand-ruled French mat with gilt additions. Depicts a scene from the second year of the French Republic at which time slavery was abolished, briefly, as it was reinstated by Napoleon in 1802. Several figures are shown rejoicing as the proclamation is read by Pierre-Gaspard Chaumette (Anaxagoras Chaumette). Notably, Jean-Baptiste Belley, a former slave who had become an important military leader from Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) that helped lead the revolution in that French territory, is shown at lower left.