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Print - Chemin De Fer L'Avenir Des Monarques

Chemin De Fer L'Avenir Des Monarques

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Satirical print in which Napoleon III is locked up in a cage on the left as Wilhelm I, depicted as a large cat, looks in. To the right is a female figure, standing on the back of a train engine, and about to cover Wilhelm with the cap of liberty. The cap of liberty is lettered: 'France 1871'; the train has 'Réveil' written on the side; Napoleon's cage is lettered above with the words 'Sourcière à double détente b.s.g.d.g. Fabrique à Sedan. Sucle. à Paris'. 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)



Materials and Techniques

Lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Un Peu Plus Tôt. Un Peu Plus Tard Deux méchants animaux, sont pris au traquenard. Chemin De Fer L'Avenir Des Monarques.'
Lettered, and with text below the illustration

Descriptive line

'Chemin De Fer L'Avenir Des Monarques'. Satirical print in which the French Emperor Napoleon III is locked in a cage, while the German Emperor Wilhelm I is a cat looking in. 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.





Subjects depicted

Emperor; Cage; Train; Cat; Woman; Liberty cap


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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