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Women of the French Revolution: A Resource Guide

Satirical Images of the French Revolution

The Library's image collections include hundreds of political cartoons from France and England depicting personalities and interpretations of the French Revolution. A selection of these images are included below. Contact the Prints and Photographs librarians directly for assistance with these collections.

About the Prints & Photographs Division

Unique in their scope and richness, the picture collections number 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..

The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division has hundreds of political cartoons from France that span a variety of historical periods-including not only the 1789 Revolutions but subsequent Revolutions of 1830 and 1848. Looking at these images offers another perspective, often from "across the pond" in England. The images below are a small sample from the French Political Cartoon Collection which is located in the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Some of the images below depict the 1848 Revolution.

Vive le roi, vive la nation J'savois ben qu'jaurions not tour. 1789. French Political Cartoon Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
W. Dent, publisher. Sublime and beautiful reflections on the French revolution, or the man in the moon at large. 1790. Cartoon Prints, British. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Willm Holland, publisher. Frontispiece to Reflections on the French revolution. 1791. Cartoon Prints, British. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
N. Currier, publisher.The French revolution: scene in the throne-room of the Tuileries, Feby. 24th, 1848. 1848. Popular Graphic Arts.Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
N. Currier, publisher.The French revolution: burning the royal carriages at the Chateau d'Eu, Feby. 24, 1848. 1848. Popular Graphic Arts. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Aristocrats digging the Champ-de-Mars. 1790. French Political Cartoon Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
La France Figurée sous un Globe est soutenu du Peuple La Noblesse et le Clergé aide au premier, la ruche represente les trois Ordres reunies. 1789. French Political Cartoon Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Quand ce ra la Poule au Pot. 1789. French Political Cartoon Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
La Romaine aristocratique. 1789. French Political Cartoon Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.