Costumes des Représentans du peuple francais

Illustrator Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur French
Etcher Labrousse French
Publisher Isidore-Laurent Deroy French

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The Council of Five Hundred, part of the new governing body of France, was founded during the period known as the Directory (Directoire), which followed the years of terror of the French Revolution. A small pamphlet with aquatint plates was published in Paris in 1796 detailing the costumes worn by members of various ranks within the council. The plates closely follow designs that had been commissioned from Jacques Louis David in 1794 and were inspired by examples from antiquity as well as by other historic moments of republican governance.

Costumes des Représentans du peuple francais, Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur (French, Montréal 1757–1810 Paris), plates:  hand colored engraving

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