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France: Women in the Revolution

Images of Women in the French Revolution

Walter Montgomery, author. Stories of the French Revolution, The Insurrection of Women. 1893. Library of Congress Digital Collections.

The Library's Prints and Photographs collections include hundreds of images from France including these portraits of women of the French Revolution. Some of these images are now available in digital form. Sometimes images are to be found within the pages of books that have been digitized (look for lists of illustrations in the table of contents). Occasionally the page numbers are incorrect so be sure to view these books in gallery mode to find all relevant images. Even books that are purportedly about history and politics will often have images of women or include women in interesting ways in the illustrations. While it takes time to browse these books, the rewards can be thrilling. Many gems are to be found in the vague title "Stories of the French Revolution" published in Boston in 1893 and written by Walter Montgomery. This digitized book has over twenty illustrations documenting events that took place during the French Revolution including the King and Queen kneeling, the Queen placing a cap on her young son, the Insurrection of Women (seen to the right), and a portrait of Charlotte Corday.

The Library's Prints and Photographs collection is unique in scope and richness, with more than 16 million images. These include photographs, historical prints, posters, cartoons, documentary drawings, fine prints, and architectural and engineering designs. While international in scope, the collections are particularly strong in materials documenting the history of the United States and the lives, interests, and achievements of the American people. Contact the Prints and Photographs librarians directly for assistance with these collections.

Jean Joseph François Tassaert, engraver. Marie Anne Charlotte Corday. 1793. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Charles Louis Lucien Muller, artist. Charlotte Corday in prison. c.1900-1912. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
J.-L. (Jean Louis) Prieur, artist. La reine à la conciergerie. c.1793-1795. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Valadon Boussod, artist."Maria Antoinette" facsimile after Vigée-Lebrun. 1895. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Paul Delaroche, artist. Marie Antoinette condemned by the Revolutionary Tribunal. c.1850-1870. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.