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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    De La Tramblais (caricaturist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 204

Physical description

Satirical print showing the German emperor Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismarck serenading a woman with a guitar and trombone. Bismarck carries a satchel with a sheet of paper lettered 'Armistice' protruding; at his side he also carries dead birds. Standing behind fortifications, a cannon at her side, is a woman who wears a crown and cocks a snook at them. In the sky is a crescent moon. On the left is a panel of text, bordered. 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)


De La Tramblais (caricaturist)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Actualités. No.39 Guillaume essaie de Séduire Joséphine. En vente chez Grognet Impr. Editr. 16 Rue des Ecoles. Depôt chez Madre Libraire R. d. Croissant.'

'Guillaume à Joséphine. (Nocturne)'
Lettered with panel of text which is titled

'De La Tramblais 3'

Descriptive line

'Guillaume essaie de Séduire Joséphine'. Satirical illustration by De La Tramblais showing the German emperor Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismarck serenading a woman with a guitar and trombone. 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

Cannon; Trombone; Birds; Guitar; Bag; Fortification; Moon; Uniform; Emperor


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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