Rouget de Lisle, a French officer, singing for the First time the Marseillaise, (painting)
Lisle, Rouget De
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 23
"Rouget de Lisle was a young officer of Engineers at Strasburg. . . . [and] was a frequent visitor at the house of the Baron de Diedrich, . . . A famine prevailed at Strasburg in the winter of 1792 . . . . [and] one day, when, . . . Diedrich said to De Lisle, in sad serenity, 'Plenty is not found at our meals. But no matter; . . . [we] have one more bottle of Rhine wine in the cellar. Let us have it, and we'll drink to liberty and the country.' . . . They brought the wine, and continued to fill the glasses of Diedrich and the young officer until the bottle was empty. . . . [De Lisle] found his way to his lodgings, . . . and sought for inspiration at one moment in the palpitations of his citizen's heart, and at another by touching, as an artist, the keys of his instrument, . . . In this state of lofty inspiration, he went to sleep. . . . [and] in the morning . . . wrote down the words, made the notes of music, and ran to Diedrich's. . . . [Diedrich] called together some friends, . . . One of the young ladies played, and Rouget sang. . . . [and] the hymn of the nation was found. . . . [Pp. 8-9; excerpted from a detailed account of the origins of the "Marseillaise Hymn.". Full entry reads: "Rouget de Lisle, a French officer, singing for the first time the Marsellaise Hymn, of which he was the author, at the house of the Mayor of Strasburg, 1792."]
The Washington Exhibition in aid of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, at the American Art-Union Gallery, 497 Broadway. Open from 9, a.m., until 10, p.m. New-York: John F. Trow, Printer, 49 Ann Street. 1853.