Date of Award

Summer 6-1-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Dr. Maria Gindhart

Second Advisor

Dr. Susan Richmond

Third Advisor

Dr. Grace Harpster

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Browne


In a collection of nearly 400 drawings entitled Livre de caricatures tant bonne que mauvaises, Charles-Germain de Saint-Aubin (1721-1786) ridiculed every aspect of French culture from King Louis XV and his court, to the poorest pockets of society. For the purposes of this thesis, I will be focusing on Saint-Aubin’s drawings of anonymous women, wives, and mistresses. Along with the depictions of women, I will examine the instances in which he draws men dressed up as women. Charles-Germain uses the image of women to highlight the follies of man. I cannot and will not argue these images are in any way kind towards women, but I will aim to illustrate the ways in which they are critical of men.


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