French School, (18th century); French. Medium: engraving. Date: 1796. Francois Noel Babeuf, known as Gracchus; conspired against the French Directoire; tried to commit suicide by stabbing himself in jail then executed; leader of the 'Conspiracy of Equals'; Provenance: Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee Carnavalet, Paris, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.