'The Entrance of His Majesty Louis XVIII into Paris', 3 May 1814.
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Coloured print showing King Louis XVIII returning to Paris with a balloon flying overhead. Louis XVIII (1755-1824) was the younger brother of Louis XVI. He fled from Paris at the beginning of the Revolution in 1791, taking refuge in England and gathering loyalist support. After Napoleon's (1769-1821) downfall in 1814, he re-entered Paris, promising a Constitutional Charter. His rule was significant for introducing the first parliamentary government in France. Published 1 February 1820 by Richard Holmes Laurie of 53 Fleet Street, London. Dimensions: 342mm x 479mm.