Watch Yourself or You’ll Be a Product for Sale

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Title

Watch Yourself or You’ll Be a Product for Sale

Description

The women in this image appear to be tempted to a life of prostitution. The female figure in the left foreground gestures toward the door but remains modestly attired. Once inside, the women are there for the pleasure of men and wear revealing or little clothing. The contrast in this moralistic image also reveals how differently contemporaries could depict "real" women from allegorical ones. The engraving reflected a vision of life during the Thermidorian reaction and the Directory (1795–99).

Creator

None Identified

Source

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Date

1800-1804

Rights

Public Domain

Relation

http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/d/54/|<span>Michel Hennin. <em>Estampes relatives à l'Histoire de France</em>. Tome 138, Pièces 12141-12215, période : 1795-1796</span>

Format

JPEG

Language

French

Identifier

54

Original Format

Engraving

Physical Dimensions

20.5 x 30 cm

Title (French)

Garde à vous N.o 1 ou le Sérail en Boutique

Tags

Citation

None Identified, “Watch Yourself or You’ll Be a Product for Sale,” LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY: EXPLORING THE FRENCH REVOUTION, accessed September 23, 2020, https://revolution.chnm.org/items/show/65.