Episode of the September Days 1830 by Egide Charles Gustave Wappers
Episode of the September Days 1830 by Egide Charles Gustave Wappers

Episode of the September Days 1830

Episode of the September Days 1830 (on the Grand Place of Brussels) c1835 by Belgian Painter Egide Charles Gustave Wappers (1803 – 1874); who’s is generally considered to be Flemish in nature.

This is a chaotic scene of the Belgian Revolution of August 25, 1830; where riots erupted in Brussels followed by uprisings in other parts of he country.

Though order was briefly restored, as King William dispatched military units to the Southern Provinces; it did not last, as rioting continued and radicals began speaking of secession.

Then the States-General in Brussels voted in favor of secession and declared independence, and a National Congress was assembled.

Though King Williams appealed to the Major European Powers of the time for assistance, the 1830 London Congress recognized Belgian independence; after which Leopold I (1790 – 1865) was installed as King of the Belgians (1831 – 1865).

The painting shows the revolutionaries at the Grand Place of Brussels, which is the central square of Brussels and at the center of the piece we see a father, his son and his two daughters morning the loss of his other son, and off to the right a women in extreme grief holding a baby which may be his wife and baby child.

In this chaos a men with swords and muskets abound along with troops that abandoned their post to join the revolution.

There are women, children, horses and a dog in the ensuing mayley, with many more people in the background and peering out the windows of the building giving their support to the revolution.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image is available for purchase as a metal, acrylic and canvas print online.

Information above derived from wikipedia.org

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