Abstract

This essay explores the problem of political representation during the early years of the French Revolution through the lens of a series of portraits of the deputies to the National Assembly, the Collection Générale des Portraits de MM. les Députés à l'Assemblée Nationale, published by Nicolas-François Levachez. As the first visual depiction of the deputies, the prints manipulate the language of portraiture to strike a balance between representing a series of individual men and a collective body politic, and to invite political participation and judgment from viewers.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 337-358
Launched on MUSE
2008-03-19
Open Access
No
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