The Shirt of the Emperor, Worn during His Execution
François Aubert (French, 1829–1906)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Image: 22.2 × 15.8 cm (8 3/4 × 6 1/4 in.)
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Not on view
This grisly photograph depicts the bullet-riddled shirt of the Austrian Archduke Maximilian I, who was appointed Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III in 1864. Maximilian's puppet regime lasted only three years; when the French army withdrew from Mexico in 1867, he was captured, tried, and executed by the nationalist supporters of Benito Juarez. Aubert, a French photographer working in Mexico, photographed Maximilian's corpse and clothing, producing a sensational and somewhat gruesome record of the execution and the politically charged relics of the slain emperor.
Inscription: No inscriptions or annotations visible
François Aubert; [...]; [Lunn Gallery, Washington D.C.]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, May 18, 1982
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