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Print - ÉMILE OLLIVIER: LE SERPENT (Bassesse-Duplicite)
  • ÉMILE OLLIVIER: LE SERPENT (Bassesse-Duplicite)
    Hadol, Paul, born 1835 - died 1875
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ÉMILE OLLIVIER: LE SERPENT (Bassesse-Duplicite)

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hadol, Paul, born 1835 - died 1875 (caricaturist)
    Coulboeuf (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.920-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case GG, shelf 209

Physical description

'ÉMILE OLLIVIER: LE SERPENT (Bassesse-Duplicite)'. Lithograph, coloured by hand; Emile Ollivier depicted as a serpent. Signed H.
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)

Date

1870-1871 (printed)

Artist/maker

Hadol, Paul, born 1835 - died 1875 (caricaturist)
Coulboeuf (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

ÉMILE OLLIVIER.
Title, lettered above design.

LE SERPENT (Bassesse-Duplicite)
Lettered below design.

H
Signed.

Au Bureau des Annonces, 11, rue Taitbout. / Imp. Coulboeuf, Paris
Lettered, running below design.

No. 9
Numbered, top-left corner, above design.

Dimensions

Height: 21.9 cm, Width: 12 cm

Object history note

From a series of thirty-two prints entitled 'LA MÉNAGERIE IMPÉRIALE'.
Provenance unknown.

Historical context note

On Napoleon’s election as President, Emile Ollivier (1825-1913) resigned from the French Government. In 1857 he was elected to the Corps Législatif, where he strongly opposed the Imperial regime. When during the 1860s his attitude to Republicanism changed and he gave his support to the Empire many of the left-wing felt betrayed.

Late in 1869 he formed the Liberal Government at Napoleon’s request. When news of the first disasters of the Franco-Prussian War reached Paris, his cabinet was driven from office and Ollivier sought refuge in Italy. He did not return to France until 1873.

Descriptive line

Paris Commune print; 'ÉMILE OLLIVIER: LE SERPENT (Bassesse-Duplicite)'; Lithograph, coloured by hand; Emile Ollivier depicted as a serpent; Hadol, Paul; France; 1870-71.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lambert, Susan, The Franco-Prussian War and The Commune in Caricature 1870-71: catalogue of a collection of prints in the possession of the Department of Prints and Drawings of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, V&A, 1971
Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1962. London: HMSO, 1964.

Labels and date

On Napoleon’s election as President, Emile Ollivier (1825-1913) resigned from the French Government. In 1857 he was elected to the Corps Législatif, where he strongly opposed the Imperial regime. When during the 1860s his attitude to Republicanism changed and he gave his support to the Empire many of the left-wing felt betrayed. Late in 1869 he formed the Liberal Government at Napoleon’s request. When news of the first disasters of the Franco-Prussian War reached Paris, his cabinet was driven from office and Ollivier sought refuge in Italy. He did not return to France until 1873. [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Serpents (animals); Caricatures

Categories

Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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