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‘Exposé aux regards du peuple’: Sentimental Disciplining in the Print Images of Louis-Marie Prudhomme's Révolutions de Paris

Leon Hughes

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January 2024


French Revolution, Révolutions de Paris, Prudhomme, Prints, Sentimentalism


One of the most important radical newspapers of the French Revolution, Louis-Marie Prudhomme’s Révolutions de Paris, included 133 print images over its four-and-a-half-year print run (18 July 1789-28 February 1794). These prints were a medium for visualising the rapidly changing events of the Revolution. This article situates itself in the developing field of histories of emotional experience, where consideration of cheap popular media, such as prints, has largely been missing from the historiography of the French Revolution. Seeking to redress this gap, this article argues that through these prints Prudhomme taught revolutionaries how they were meant to feel towards the represented events. It advances this argument through three distinct, but linked, visual themes: the presentation of crowds, both celebratory and violent, reciprocal surveillance and a pedagogical urban environment, each of which was never stable, but dynamically produced throughout the corpus of 133 prints.

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January 2024

About the author

Leon Hughes

Leon Hughes is a PhD Researcher at Trinity College Dublin. His doctorate, provisionally entitled ‘Emotional Experience of Carcerality in the French Revolution, 1789-1799’ considers two distinct, but connected questions: how it felt to be imprisoned during the French Revolution and how the figuration of the ‘prisoner’ was culturally constructed. He is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck, Center for the History of Emotions and Affiliated Researcher at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). He holds a BA from the University of Oxford and an MA from ULIP, and his previous research focused on nonhuman histories, specifically Arbres de la Liberté during the French Revolution. Throughout his research he uses, and is keen to develop, digital GIS methodologies.

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