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Sous la gloire des augustes maisons de nos princes, Minerve deésse protectrice de la France, contemple le tiers etat figuré par un laboureur poussant sa charrue dans un sillon

Sous la gloire des augustes maisons de nos princes, Minerve deésse protectrice de la France, contemple le tiers etat figuré par un laboureur poussant sa charrue dans un sillon

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Print shows Minerva, gazing fondly heavenward, standing on the top level of a tiered checkerboard, holding a pike with banner and a shield with the likeness of Medusa on it; in a pastoral setting is a member of the third estate with a plow drawn by two oxen, from his waist, extending upward, behind his back, are sheaves of abundance, wheat, palms, roses, and laurels, supporting the estates general, members of the clergy, soldiers, and lawyers, also Truth cradling a crowned figure; the sun, radiant, with stars and bubbles bearing fleur-de-lis drive away the dark clouds crowding the sky.
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Caption continues: De la ceinture de ce citoyen s'elevent des branches de palmiers de lauriers de roses et d'epis de bled, simboles de l'abondance, d'ou sortent des têtes d'evêques, moines, cardinaux, militaire, et gens de robe. La Verité sortant d'un nuage tient dans ses mains une tête couronneé &c.
Possibly purchased by George IV from William Holland in 1790. Source: Kate Heard, Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle.
Forms part of: French Political Cartoon Collection (Library of Congress).

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01/01/1789
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