Angel of Assassination – Charlotte Corday.
The Button: A champlevé enamel head on a brass plate. The background is stamped with a dot pattern. The border is cut steels.
Champlevé is an enamelling technique in which the cells or troughs for the enamel are either cast in the metal or by etching or striking the metal. This button has been die struck.
38mm Late 19th century.
In 1793, aged 24, Charlotte Corday was executed by guillotine for the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat (famously in his bath).
Charlotte believed that his death would end the excess of violence happening throughout France. “I have killed one man to save a hundred thousand ”she said on her execution.
War and schisms dominated The French Revolution (1787-1799). Jean-Paul Marat, a leader with the Jacobins, believed in harsh measures with violence and death to any opposition however minor. The Jacobins led France's Reign of Terror.
Charlotte had planned to assassinate Marat in front of the National Convention but discovered he no longer attended meetings because of a severe skin condition. He conducted most of his affairs sitting in a medicinal bath at his home. She went to his home and killed him in the bath.
Buttons and Memory.
I bought this button as a Christmas treat to myself because of the hat.
On reading in The Big Book of Buttons that the lady featured represents Charlotte Corday, I had a flash back to a very disturbing and macabre stage play and film I saw in the 1960’s where Glenda Jackson played the part of Charlotte Corday!
The full title of the play was “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of The Marquis de Sade”.
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