To See and Be Seen, Philibert-Louis Debucourt, 1792

To See and Be Seen, Philibert-Louis Debucourt, 1792

etching, h 443mm × w 632mm More details

The Parisian beau monde in the garden of the Palais Royal – still the most popular spot to stroll, gossip and flirt in 1792. The garden was opened to the public in the 1780s. The lower classes and ‘women of ill-repute’ congregated in the shops and cafés under the arcades, while the upper echelons of society met beneath the canopy of trees in the garden.

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