The Tennis Court Oath is a large work in pen and ink on paper. The painting for which it was drawn was never completed by David, partially for financial reasons, partially because of politics.
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Caption: "The Oath of the Tennis Court." Pen and ink drawing by Jacques-Louis David, 1791. This monumental work, designed to be a preliminary to a larger painting (never completed), was first displayed to the public in the Salon of 1791, where it met with great enthusiasm. In its meeting of June 17th, the Third Estate had declared itself to be the National Assembly, the representatives of the sovereign nation, and invited the Clergy and the Nobility to join it.
Drawing by Jacques-Louis David of the Tennis Court Oath. David later became a deputy in the National Convention in 1793.
Collection: Musée de la Ville, Paris. David completed the final study for the Tennis Court Oath in May 1791 and the work was shown in the Salon of 1791. David intended to do a further painting based on this composition but it was never completed. In preparation for this work, David produced a number of sketches and preparatory works notably the Versailles and Louvre Sketchbooks and individual drawings.
Tennis Court Oath. 1. Jacques- Louis David, drawing: The Tennis Court Oath •A celebration of June 1789 Events •7 X 10 metre painting – but was never finished Schama: on its location in the Louvre it was a celebration of ‘ the reigning fiction of revolutionary patriotic unity’. 2. The Meeting of the Estates General in May 1789.
The Tennis Court Oath is an incomplete painting by Jacques-Louis David, painted between 1790 and 1794 and showing the titular Tennis Court Oath at Versailles, one of the foundational events of the French Revolution. Political reversals and financial difficulties meant that David was never able to finish the canvas, which measures 400 by 660 cm and is now in the Musée national du Château de Versailles.
Detail from David’s painting of the Tennis Court Oath, showing Jean-Sylvian Bailly. The Tennis Court Oath (in French, Serment du jeu de Paume) was a commitment to a national constitution and representative government, taken by delegates at the Estates-General at Versailles. It has become one of the most iconic scenes of the French Revolution.