Delaroche specialised in scenes from French and English history. This drawing was commissioned for a wedding album presented to the duc de Montpensier and Marie Louise Fernande of Bourbon. It relates to a painting which Delaroche completed in 1856, now in the Conciergerie, Paris. The subject, from the French Revolution, is the moment when the moderate Girondin députés, imprisoned in the Conciergerie, learn of their death sentence. They were executed in 1793 on the orders of the Revolutionary Tribunal.