Even before the 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)
Louis-Simon Boizot (designer)
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/d/4/|Collection de Vinck.<em> Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870</em>. Vol. 44 (pièces 5943-6108), Ancien Régime et Révolution
33 x 24.5 cm
Madame de Monchy (engraver) and Louis-Simon Boizot (designer), “Liberty,” LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY: EXPLORING THE FRENCH REVOUTION, accessed January 19, 2021, https://revolution.chnm.org/d/4.