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The Core Curriculum

The Radical’s Arms, by George Cruiskhank, 1819.

This was a reflection on the French Revolution over two decades after the fact. Cruikshank was a famous caricaturist in his day and illustrator for Charles Dickens.  We can see in Cruikshank’s revulsion displayed here a symptom of a broader conservative backlash against the revolutionary ideals of Wollstonecraft’s era that led to the near total  suppression of her work and culminated in the repressive Victorian ideal of women confined almost entirely to the private sphere.


via Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

Artistic Response
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Public Domain