History Trip to the Wallace Collection


Year 12 historians visited the Wallace Collection in Marylebone on Tuesday to further their understanding of the French Revolution. They took part in two workshops led by Wallace Collection experts. One session focused on discussions over the use of portraits as a tool for propaganda and how this has not always produced the desired effect. For example, Napoleon’s decision to produce bronze nude sculptures of himself was very much an object of ridicule. The girls also had the opportunity to engage with some of the treasures of the Collection itself. One particular highlight was the collection of Marie Antoinette’s artefacts. From globes of gold dust to dry her ink to ornate egg boilers, the girls had a startling reminder of the opulence of the royal court and the stark contrast this posed to those who lived outside of it.

D Harbord

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