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Louis as Pig

  • Engraving of King Louis XVI as a pig
  • B&W engraving of King Louis XVI as a pig


The Queen, never popular to begin with in France, also bore the brunt of popular anger in 1792, as seen in these images of the King, the Queen, and elsewhere the entire royal family, as animals. One wonders if this dehumanizing of the King and Queen might explain why they became such lightning rods for criticism and, moreover, why the entire royal family would eventually be excluded from any protection under law, at the very moment that a constitution ensuring the rights of all people was being put into effect.

Villeneuve, "Louis as Pig," 1791, Bibliothèque Nationale de France

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