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Versailles and the American Revolution



Versailles and the American Revolution

From 5 July to 2 October 2016, on the occasion of the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the Palace of Versailles dedicates an exhibition highlighting the war during which the fate of three countries met : the United States, the United Kingdom and France.

Portrait de Lafayette Portrait of Lafayette

Practical information

Exhibition from 5 July to 2 October 2016.

The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00am to 6:30pm (last entry at 5:45pm) in the Battles gallery of the Palace of Versailles (direct access through the Queen's staircase from the royal courtyard).

Admission is included in Passports and Palace tickets bought at the Palace or online.

The exhibition ticket available online allow you to skip the line.

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The exhibition

As the first country to recognise the United State of America as a new Nation, it was France’s duty to commemorate the event, especially in Versailles where this decision was taken, where the war of independance was supported, and where the peace treaty with England was signed in 1783. The exhibition aims to remind facts that are often forgotten but which bear testimony to the circumstances, scale ans consequences of France’s involement in the war.

The exhibition will recount the events and highlight the context of French and English rivalry after the seven years' war as well as internal divisions in the French side, the American side between “patriots” and “loyalists”, and the English side due to some opposition to the way the settlers were treated.

It recounts the decision-making process at Versailles, the personalities of key figures notably Benjamin Franklin and the exact locations in the palace where discussions were held.

Finally, it explains the international spread of the fighting, from India across the Mediterranean sea to the shores of America and the human losses due to the violence and scale of the battles, which were the largest of both the 18th and 19th centuries.

Iconic works

The war of Independence has been interpreted by artists from all three countries, so iconic works seen for the first time outside the USA will illustrate the exhibition’s discourse. The generosity of the loans granted must also be stressed, a key example being the Diamond Eagle of George Washington, from the prestigious Cincinnati collection.

An international scientific collaboration

The exhibition is the result of scientific collaboration with researchers from American museums and universities, the Congress and the Society of the Cincinnati, as well as French, Spanish and English historians. It aims to present different points of view in order to avoid presenting a perspective of the events which is too narrow.

La galerie des Batailles

The exhibition will be held in an unusual location, the Battles gallery, near The Battle of Yorktown, the deciding battle in 1781. Commissioned in 1835 by Louis-Philippe, a year after the death of Lafayette, this commemorative painting indicates that the memory of the war and the sacrifices made had not been forgotten, and was kept alive on the other side of the Atlantic like a debt of blood, also explaining the fervour in the famous expression of 1917: "Lafayette, here we are!"

Combat naval devant la baie Chesapeake Naval battle in the Chesapeake bay

Curator :

Valérie Bajou : Curator in chief at the national museum of the Palaces of Versailles and Trianon
Scenographer : Loretta Gaïtis

Thanks to the sponsorship of :


With the precious support of :
M et Mme Georges Lund
M et Mme H.F Gerry Lenfest

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