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Le Boeuf par....Zut.

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)
    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Petit, Alfred, born 1841 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
    Duclaux (publisher)
    Rouge Frères et Comp. (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.345-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 206

Physical description

Satirical print showing Marshal Leboeuf lecherously squeezing the Empress Eugénie round the waist as they ride side by side on an ox [boeuf] with the features of Napoleon III. The wilful Eugénie carries a whip and smiles. 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 (made)
Paris (printed)

Date

1870-1871 (printed)

Artist/maker

Le Petit, Alfred, born 1841 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
Duclaux (publisher)
Rouge Frères et Comp. (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Le Boeuf par....Zut. - No. 3 Eugénie, - Je vous en prie, ayez un peu de tenue mon cher Le Boeuf. / Le Boeuf. - Mille pardons, belle dame, ce n'est pas moi qui suis le boeuf.....c'est lui. Se Vend chez Duclaux, 21, place du Château-d'Eau. - Dépòt chez Madre, 20, rue du Croissant. Paris. - Typ. Rouge frères et Comp.'
Lettered

'Relief D. Delaitre 15, Rue de Seine'
Lettered.

'Zut'
Signed

Dimensions

Height: 28.8 cm, Width: 21.5 cm

Historical context note

A visual pun on the name of Marshal Leboeuf (1809-89), French War Minister from 1869.

Descriptive line

'Le Boeuf par....Zut'. Satirical illustration by Alfred le Petit with a depiction of the Empress Eugènie and Marshal Leboeuf riding an ox with the features of Napoleon III. Hand-coloured lithograph, France, 1870-1871.

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

Le Petit, Alfred "Zut" (1841-1909)

A visual pun on the name of Marshal Leboeuf, war minister from 1869, who lecherously squeezes Eugénie round the waist as they ride side by side on an ox [boeuf] with the features of Napoleon. The wilful Eugénie carries the whip.

Process engraving, coloured by hand. E.345-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Ox; Empress; Emperor; Uniform; Whip

Categories

Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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