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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Colomb, B. Moloch, born 1849 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
    Barousse (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

Satirical print in which the German emperor, Wilhelm I, is shown seated, cross-legged, at a table and gesturing to a battle taking place outside. Otto von Bismarck is shown in a black suit, facing the emperor, and leaning with both hands on the table. 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)


1870-1871 (printed)


Colomb, B. Moloch, born 1849 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
Barousse (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Acualités Saillant, Editeur, R. Du Croissant, 5 & 10. Imp. Barousse - Ne trouver vous per [?] M le Chancelur, que cette guerre ne nous sura sapporté que peu [?] de - En effet Sire, peu de Gloire, sans doute.....mais que de pendules....!!!'


Descriptive line

Satirical illustration by B. Colomb ('Moloch') in which the German emperor, Wilhelm I, and Otto von Bismarck are shown in an interior as a battle takes place outside. Hand-coloured lithograph, France, 1870-1871.

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

Chancellor; Emperor; Battle; War


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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