People under the Old Regime

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Title

People under the Old Regime

Subject

Louis XVI
Clergy

Description

This image shows "the people" as a chained and blindfolded man being crushed under the weight of the rich, including both clergy and nobility. Such a perspective on the period before 1789 purposely exaggerates social divisions and would have found few proponents before the Revolution, but the image does reveal the social clash felt so intensely by the revolutionaries.

Creator

None Identified

Source

Library of Congress

Date

1815

Rights

Public Domain

Relation

http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/d/215/

Format

JPEG

Language

French

Identifier

215

Original Format

Etching

Physical Dimensions

34.2 x 29.7 cm (plate)

Title (French)

Le peuple sous l'ancien Regime

Citation

None Identified, “People under the Old Regime,” LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY: EXPLORING THE FRENCH REVOUTION, accessed August 14, 2020, https://revolution.chnm.org/items/show/217.