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L'Auguste Guillaume Et Son Auguste Augusta

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 164

Physical description

Satirical print in which the German Emperor Wilhelm I takes leave of his wife, the Empress Augusta. The Emperor has the ears of an ass, his legs and feet are bare, and on his head is an overturned chamber pot with the German imperial eagle on it; at his feet is a lap-dog. The Empress is dressed in medieval costume. In the right background is a cage containing a bird with the head of Napoleon III; the cage has the words 'Jacquot III' written on it. 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)


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

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'L'Auguste Guillaume Et Son Auguste Augusta Par Alfred Le Petit. - Supplément Du Journal La Charge No.8 Se vend chez Duclaux, 21, place du Château-d'Eau. - Dépôt chez Madre, 20, rue du Croissant. Paris. - Typ. Rouge frères et Comp.'

Lettered beneath with dialogue

Descriptive line

'L'Auguste Guillaume Et Son Auguste Augusta'. Satirical illustration by Alfred le Petit showing the German Emperor Wilhelm I taking leave of the Empress Augusta. 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

Bird; Empress; Chamber pot; Dog; Emperor; Cage


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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