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Gavroche is a fictional character in the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. He is a boy who lives on the streets of Paris. His name has become a synonym for an urchin or street child, in French gamin. The character of Gavroche may have been inspired by a figure in Eugene Delacroix's 1830 painting Liberty Leading the People, which depicts the successful 1830 July revolution, two years before the events described in the novel. The painting depicts revolutionaries advancing from a barricade over the bodies of government troops. A young boy waving pistols leads the way, beside the figure of Liberty herself carrying the tricolore. The boy carries a cartridge box over his shoulder, apparently picked up from a dead soldier, just as Gavroche does in the novel. The painting, commissioned by the new government, was taken down in 1832 after the June Rebellion described in the novel, precisely because of its revolutionary message. Champfleury wrote in August 1848 that it had been “hidden in an attic for being too revolutionary.” According to Albert Boime, "after the uprising at the funeral of Lamarque in June 1832 it was never again openly displayed for fear of setting a bad example.