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The Pas De Deux!

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1878 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sir John Tenniel, born 1820 - died 1914 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description


Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


1878 (drawn)


Sir John Tenniel, born 1820 - died 1914 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Signed with the monogram JT. Labels attached to the original mount, included ones for the Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908 (with the name of Isidore Spielmann as Commissioner for Art), for the Japan-British Exhibition, 1910, the Punch Exhibition, and for the U.S.Customs; also, a separate strip of paper, inscribed with title and From the `Seine de Triomphe' in the Grand Anglo-Turkish Ballet d'Action. See Punch. Inscribed John Tenniel.1878., possibly in the artist's hand.


Height: 21.4 cm image, Width: 16.7 cm, Height: 45 mm Separate inscription, Width: 178 mm Separate inscription

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `M. H. Spielmann; Bt Christie's, Feb. 1970, £26:5/-[shillings]'.

Historical context note

Reproduced in `Punch' 3 August 1878, p.43. Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, was Prime Minister at the time of this cartoon's publication, and Robert Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, was his Foreign Secretary. Presumably they had just returned from the Congress of Berlin, where they had together represented Britain and had been successful in forcing Russia to accept certain conditions and restrictions and in securing various gains for Britain.
For further information on the events satirised by Tenniel, see Searight Archive.

Descriptive line

Drawing, `The "Pas De Deux!". Sketch for a political cartoon in `Punch', 1878, by Sir John Tenniel





Subjects depicted

Illustration; Caricature




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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