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Image of the King at the Festival of Federation

Engraving of the king assisting at the construction site of festival


Having lived through a tumultuous year, France’s political leaders, new and old, perceived the need to foster a sense of unity among the people. The King’s more liberal ministers in particular hoped to prevent attempts to roll back the changes made since the spring of 1789 and to limit momentum for farther–reaching challenges to the monarchy. To this end, the Marquis de La Fayette organized a public pageant in Paris to celebrate the "federation" of the different regions and social groups of France. Here Louis XVI joins the construction site where the festival will take place on 14 July 1790.


Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE QB-370 (22)-FT 4

Collection de Vinck. Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870. Vol. 22 (pièces 3719-3893), Ancien Régime et Révolution
Extrait de : Révolutions de France et de Brabant, et des royaumes qui, demandant une Assemblée nationale, et arborant la cocarde, mériteront une place dans ces fastes de la liberté
Collection Michel Hennin. Estampes relatives à l'Histoire de France. Tome 122, Pièces 10714-10801, période : 1790

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