de Girardin.“ (Translates: "I take the liberty of commending to your sympathies my friend Victor Front; he is a tried and tested soldier of democracy, and the evidence of his devotion is an honourable and glorious legend. The brave comrade, a former officer, has become an excellent photographer and as such, wishes to compose a gallery of the public men who make up the staff of the Freedom Party. Please, therefore, personally lend yourself to the realization of his project, and facilitate his access to Mr. de Girardin" .
Eugène Pelletan was a French writer, journalist and politician. Elected deputy in 1863, he joined the opposition to the Second Empire regime. His bright and eloquent speeches won him fame as a brilliant orator.
Courbet led the Realism movement in 19th-century French painting. Committed to painting only what he could see, he rejected academic convention and the Romanticism of the previous generation of visual artists. His independence set an example that was important to later artists, such as the Impressionists and the Cubists. As a socialist, Courbet was active in the political developments of France. He was imprisoned for six months in 1871 for his involvement with the Paris Commune, and lived in exile in Switzerland from 1873 until his death..