ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolor and gouache, October 2007
Elisabeth was the younger sister of Louis XVI. She was a devoted Catholic and very conservative. She was also devoted to her brother. After the outbreak of the Revolution she refused to flee, choosing to stay with Louis and Marie Antoinette and the children. She was with them when they attempted to escape in 1791 and was moved with them to the Temple. She remained with Marie Antoinette and Marie Therese after Louis execution and the Dauphin's removal. Then Marie was taken away also. They were given no news of the fates of Marie or the Dauphin. Finally, nearly 10 months later, they came for Elisabeth. She was taken before the Revolutionary Tribunal, accused of aiding the King's attempted escape and being involved in other plots, as well as molesting her nephew. She was found guilty and was taken to the Conciergerie to await execution. She spent her last night attempting to comfort other facing death. The next day, along with 25 other she was taken to the guillotine. She was sat closest to the steps of the scaffold and had to see and hear all the others executed as she was the last to be guillotined.