Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix commemorates the July Revolution of 1830, that overthrew France’s Bourbon monarch Charles X. The July Revolution marked the end of the Bourbon Restoration and the beginning of the July Monarchy, a transition of power to the family house of Orléans.

Charles’s cousin, Louis-Philippe, would in turn be overthrown a mere 18 years after taking the throne in 1830.

(the child with two pistols to the right of Liberty (who holds the tricolor flag), would be Victor Hugo’s inspiration for Gavroche in Les Misérables)



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