Orator Addressing his Audience

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Orator addressing his audience
The pontiff was standing at the platform, pouring his words over a moved and attentive audience.

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Humorous and unflattering portrayal of Étienne Cabet as an orator wearing a gown and a headdress decorated with a crown of oak leaves. He is giving a lecture, his right hand resting on his book, titled Voyage en Icarie, as he shows his listeners a small object he holds between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand. A couple of pictures of Icaria can be seen in the background.
Étienne Cabet was a French journalist and founder of the Icarians, a utopist movement which attempted to established egalitarian communes in the United States.

The caption reads in the original French: Le pontife était à la tribune, versant les flots de sa parole sur un auditoire ému et attentif.

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