Women of the Third Estate
Emerging from urban revolutionary politics was a workers’ movement called the sans–culottes, a reference to the attire of male artisans. Unlike their wealthier compatriots, they did not wear knee breeches, preferring pants. Thus were they named sans–culottes, which may be translated as "without breeches." Despite such a masculinist appellation, their companions also bore the name. Here is a very respectable but modest woman fulfilling the domestic role most sans–culottes men would have desired for women. She would seem to lack the boldness that women did adopt anyway, as in their march to Versailles in October 1789.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Michel Hennin. Estampes relatives à l'Histoire de France. Tome 134, Pièces 11754-11861, période : 1793
Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE QB-370 (45)-FT 4
Still Image Item Type Metadata
24.5 x 17 cm
Madam sans Culotte