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Liberty

Annotation

Even before the French Revolution, the French had used a woman in a toga to symbolize liberty. By July 1789 this symbol had become quite common and would only grow more familiar over the revolutionary decade. Generally the female Liberty was a poised counterpart to the frantic actions of the Revolution. She represented calm like a saint. Belonging to no group and no particular place, she stood for a universal principle based on reason.

Madame de Monchy (engraver) and Louis-Simon Boizot (designer), “Liberty,” Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.

Credits

Creator
Madame de Monchy (engraver)
Louis-Simon Boizot (designer)

Source
Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Date
1793-1794

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