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Le Perce-Neige

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Petit, Alfred, born 1841 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
    Coulboeuf (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 205

Physical description

Print depicting General Chanzy as a shrub emerging through the ice. On the right is a tree with the head of Otto von Bismarck. Print from a set of caricatures, broadsheets and illustrations in ten volumes. Each volume is half-bound in red leather, gold tooled and stamped with imperial emblems, title etc.

Place of Origin

Paris (printed)


1871 (printed)


Le Petit, Alfred, born 1841 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
Coulboeuf (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes Du Jour. Le Perce-Neige 3 Au Bureau de L'Eclipse, 16, Rue du Croissant, Paris Imp. Coulboeuf, Paris Le General Chanzy./ Ce Perce-Neige là, soldat des plus vaillants, / Percera les Prussiens, qui ne seront pas blancs'

'Alfred Le Petit / Paris 15 Janv 1871'
Signed and dated

Descriptive line

'Le Perce-Neige'. Satirical illustration by Alfred le Petit depicting General Chantzy as a shrub and Otto von Bismarck as a tree. Hand-coloured lithograph, France, 1871.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1962. London: HMSO, 1964.




Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Tree; General; Shrub


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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