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Louis XVI distributes aid to the Poor

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Here Louis XVI is portrayed as a benevolent king distributing alms to the poor, an appropriate action for the "Father of his people." However, his rich fur–clad outfit contrasts with the abject poverty of the common people, suggesting to those inclined to be critical that the King did not understand the true state of popular misery during some of the 1780s, preceding the French Revolution.

Pierre-Michel Adam (engraver) and Louis Hersent (model), “Louis XVI distributes aid to the Poor,” c. 1788, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.

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Creator
Pierre-Michel Adam (engraver)
Louis Hersent (model)

Source
Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Date
1817-1822

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