Carte de visite portrait of Felix Pyat (1810-1889) was a French Socialist journalist and politician.
Pyat’s violent personal attacks in a pamphlet entitled Marie-Joseph Chenier et le prince des critiques (1844), in reply to Jules Janin, brought him a six-months sojourn in the Sainte-Pelagie prison, in the cell just vacated by Lamennais. He worked with other dramatists in a long series of plays, with an interval of six years on the National, until the revolution of 1848. He joined Ledru-Rollin in the attempted insurrection of 13 June 1849, after which he sought refuge in Switzerland, Belgium, and finally in England, where he became involved with the irregular masonic organisation, La Grande Loge des Philadelphes. For having glorified regicide after Orsini’s attempt on the life of Napoleon III, he was brought before an English court, but acquitted, and the general amnesty of 1869 permitted his return to France. However, further outbursts against the authorities, followed by prosecution, compelled him to return to England.
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