The Disembarkation of Louis-Philippe at the Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport - J.M.W Turner 2

The Disembarkation of Louis-Philippe at the Royal Clarence Yard

The Disembarkation of Louis-Philippe at the Royal Clarence Yard is an 1800s painting by the English Romantic painter, printmaker and watercolorist J. M. W. Turner. This work is located in the Tate Britain in London, England.

Louis-Philippe I, born on October 6, 1773, was the last king of the French, reigning from 1830 to 1848. Known as the “Citizen King,” he ascended the throne after the July Revolution of 1830, which led to the overthrow of Charles X. Louis-Philippe belonged to the Orléans branch of the Bourbon dynasty and was proclaimed king by the July Monarchy.

His reign aimed to reconcile the monarchy with liberal principles, emphasizing constitutional monarchy and middle-class interests. However, his rule faced challenges, including economic difficulties and social unrest. The disenchantment among various political factions, coupled with economic struggles, eventually led to the February Revolution of 1848.

Facing widespread discontent, Louis-Philippe abdicated the throne on February 24, 1848, marking the end of the July Monarchy. He fled to England, where he lived in exile until his death on August 26, 1850. Louis-Philippe’s reign remains a significant chapter in French history, reflecting the tensions between monarchical traditions and emerging democratic aspirations during the 19th century.

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