Charlotte Corday Drawing by David Holcomb

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"Charlotte Corday", detail
"Charlotte Corday", detail
"Charlotte Corday", detail
"Charlotte Corday", 2016, view of the framed arwork on my workbench.

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Drawing: Ink, Acrylic on Wood.

"Charlotte Corday", 2016, ink and acrylic on MDF, 30 x 30 cm.

Inspired by the famous painting by Jacques-Louis David "The Death of Marat", this drawing refers to Charlotte Corday, the young woman who stabbed Marat to death in his bath as he was writing out his plans for what would come to be known as the Terror, in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Corday's act was inspired by her desire to free her country from the threat of a new tyranny that she believed Marat represented.

My use of an eagle's feathers relates to the quill pen that Marat was writing with at the time of his death, and to the idea of freedom represented by the bird's power of flight. Corday, at her trial and execution, was unrepentant, saying that she "killed one man to save a hundred thousand".


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Charlotte Corday

David Holcomb

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Size: 12 W x 12 H x 0.3 in

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