Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

The Pas De Deux!

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1878 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving

  • 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 (made)


1878 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving

Marks and inscriptions

Signed with the monogram JT.


Height: 19.7 cm size of image, Width: 15.7 cm

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

Print, 'The "Pas De Deux!". Political cartoon in `Punch', 1878, by Sir John Tenniel


Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Caricature; Illustrations




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.