Monday, 25 February 2013

Charlotte Corday Statue in the Foyer of the Swindon Dance Studios

 This lovely statue of Charlotte Corday is to be found in the entrance hall of Swindon Dance Studios, formerly the town Hall in Regent Circus.



Here's a detail of her shoe, and she's wearing patterned stockings.

 The sculptor was:


I thought I'd see what has been written about the statue and discovered an excellent article, not just on Charlotte Corday, but including photos of  the whole building, it's well worth a look:
http://swindonia.blogspot.co.uk/2008/12/inside-historic-old-town-hall.html
The blog called 'Hidden Swindon' is glorious, and well worht a look, it's written by June Jackson who wrote it until December 2010.

The Wikipedia entry is below, poor Charlotte, guillotined at 24.
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Charlotte Corday

Hauer, Jean-Jacques, Charlotte Corday
Born Marie-Anne Charlotte de Corday d'Armont
27 July 1768
Saint-Saturnin-des-Ligneries, Écorches (in present-day Orne), Normandy, France
Died 17 July 1793 (aged 24)
Paris
Cause of death Execution by guillotine
Known for Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat
Religion Roman Catholic
Parents Jacques François de Corday, seigneur d'Armont
Charlotte Marie Jacqueline Gaultier de Mesnival
Marie-Anne Charlotte de Corday d'Armont (27 July 1768 – 17 July 1793), known to history as Charlotte Corday, was a figure of the French Revolution. In 1793, she was executed under the guillotine for the assassination of Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat, who was in part responsible, through his role as a politician and journalist, for the more radical course the Revolution had taken. More specifically, he played a substantial role in the political purge of the Girondins, with whom Corday sympathized. His murder was memorialized in a celebrated painting by Jacques-Louis David which shows Marat after Corday had stabbed him to death in his bathtub. In 1847, writer Alphonse de Lamartine gave Corday the posthumous nickname l'ange de l'assassinat (the Angel of Assassination).

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