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Louis XVI, King of the French

  • Engraving of King Louis XVI wearing a Phrygian cap

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This fascinating print, likely produced before the King’s flight from Paris, takes the Louis XVI of the old regime and makes him a revolutionary with the addition of the Phrygian cap. While the engraver’s intention remains absolutely unknown, contemporaries might have seen this as mocking Louis’s new position in the Revolution. Others, less cynical, might have seen an attempt to create a monarchy living with the constitution.

"Louis XVI, King of the French," 1792, Bibliothèque Nationale de France

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Caption in French
Né à Versailles le 23 aout 1754, marié le 16 may 1770 et sacré a Reims le 11 juin 1775. Bonnet de la liberté, présenté au Roi par le peuple français le 20 juin 1792

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