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From Charity to Bienfaisance: Picturing Good Deeds in Late Eighteenth-Century France

Barker, Emma (2010). From Charity to Bienfaisance: Picturing Good Deeds in Late Eighteenth-Century France. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 33(3) pp. 285–311.

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This article explores the proliferation of engraved images of good deeds on behalf of the poor in late eighteenth-century France. This phenomenon testifies to the vogue for bienfaisance, a newly coined term that played a central role in the moral and social discourse of the period. The aim here is to demonstrate how such images at once exemplified the humanitarian and utilitarian ideals of bienfaisance and contributed to their exploitation by the wealthy and powerful for purposes of self-legitimation. Among the examples discussed are images celebrating the bienfaisance of Mme Necker, Beaumarchais, Louis XVI and the duc d'Orléans.

Item Type: Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
ISSN: 1754-0208
Keywords: Greuze; prints; bienfaisance; charity; humanity; gender; Necker; duc d'Orléans
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 22435
Depositing User: Emma Barker
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2010 14:49
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:41
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