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Mr. Polichinel

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Betbeder, Faustin, born 1847 (caricaturist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 210

Physical description

Satirical print in which the Emperor Napoleon III is shown as the comic character of Mr. Punch. The Emperor is wearing a brightly coloured costume, bicorne hat, is resting his left arm on a wooden sword and is smoking. Print from a set of caricatures, broadsheets and illustrations in ten volumes. On the right is a caricature of Emile Ollivier, depicted as a monkey, hanging from a post by his tail. Seated on the ground to the left is the Prince Imperial, also depicted as a monkey. 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)


Betbeder, Faustin, born 1847 (caricaturist)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Mr. Polichinel. En venté chez Dudaux, 21, Pl. du Ch. d'Eau Depot ch. Madre, 20, r. du Croissant Koui! Koui!...Koui!...Koui qui qui!...qui qui, Koui!....Voici monsi Pochinelle, le meme qui de son sabre de lois gourenne un gzzzzzzzzzzand pays ous qu'il pendit ses dents sa cervelle de Haseng, et son faux col....dont l'onile [?] étant à Toulon [?] dot [?] ces paroles à jamais memorables le poulet qui doit me tues [?] n'est pas encore pondu admire enime [?] mes dames et messieurs ce pief [?] colossal! le tout pout 10c 2 sous.'


Descriptive line

'Mr. Polichinel'. Satirical illustration by Faustin Betbeder in which the Emperor Napoleon III is depicted as Mr. Punch. 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

Emperor; Prince; Monkeys


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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