Women of Montmartre, from "The Graphic," vol. 3

After Arthur Boyd Houghton British, born India

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Women participated in the Paris Commune in great numbers, especially in the working-class neighborhood of Montmartre. Houghton’s illustration, which appeared in "The Graphic" in June and "Harper’s Weekly" in July of 1871, shows a group of women marching under a flag that reads "The Commune or Death." The accompanying article states: "In the present revolution the women have shown themselves almost worthy of their sisters of 1792–93." It is more generally critical of the "Amazons of the Commune," however, describing them as "coarse, brawny, unwomanly, and degraded; picturesque certainly, but by no means pleasing."

Women of Montmartre, from "The Graphic," vol. 3, After Arthur Boyd Houghton (British (born India), Madras 1836–1875 London), Wood engraving

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