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Opening of the Club of the Revolution: Circus Act

Engraving mocking revolutionary club as a circus


This engraving depicts a revolutionary club as a circus act complete with dancing dogs and clowns, all celebrating "the law and the King." This image might have been visual propaganda on behalf of clubs, suggesting that they could bring different people together under a big tent, in support of the constitutional monarchy, or it might have been visual farce, suggesting that the clubs and the constitutional monarchy were nothing but a sideshow.


Title in French
Ouverture du Club de la Révolution


Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE FOL-QB-201 (123)

Collection Michel Hennin. Estampes relatives à l'Histoire de France. Tome 123, Pièces 10802-10907, période : 1790

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