Here are a few biographical notes concerning one of the lesser known of David's prison companions, the deputy Jean-Baptiste Gabriel-Louis Thyrus de Pautrizel (1754-1836) who came from Guadeloupe. It feels a bit random to write about one Revolutionary among so many, but David's portrait brings this man suddenly closer. Like most of the radicals, his record proves deeply ambivalent.
What follows is mostly taken from a well-researched article by Pierre Bardin posted on the website Généalogie et Histoire de la Caraïbe. The colonial background adds an extra dimension to Pautrizel's story.
|Engraving showing the town of Basse-Terre in 1780|
Published letter from Pautrizel to the Convention, dated 5 fructidor an 3
In 1810 Pautrizel sold his property at Saint-Pardoux in Lot et Garonne, which he had bought before his arrival at Convention. Having offered his services to Louis XVIII and been refused, he retired with his sister to Bordeaux, where he died in 1836, leaving his estate to his valet, Pierre Marcel, who was perhaps his natural son.
Pierre Bardin, "Thyrus Pautrizel, un révolutionnaire guadeloupéen", Généalogie et Histoire de la Caraïbe
Rodolphe Marie Émile Enoff, "Jean-Baptiste Louis Thirus de Pautrizel (1754-1836)" and Notice for the Pautrizel family, Généalogie et Histoire de la Caraïbe, .Bulletin 87, November 1996, p.1772-