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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pepin, Édouard Guillaumin, born 1842 (caricaturist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 208

Physical description

Satirical print in which Napoleon I holds Napoleon III by the ear, chastising him. 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)


Pepin, Édouard Guillaumin, born 1842 (caricaturist)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Polisson!.... Sc. En vente à Paris, 16, rue du Croissant. Paris. - Typ. Rouge frères et Comp., rue du Four-St-Germ., 43.'
Title, above design.

'Pepin E. 6 7br. 70'
Signed and dated within the design


Height: 34.3 cm, Width: 24.1 cm

Descriptive line

'Polisson!....' Satirical illustration by E. G. Pepin in which Napoleon III is held by the ear and chastised by Napoleon I. Lithograph, France, 1870.

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

Édouard Guillaumin "Pepin" (born 1842)

The illustrious Napoleon I chastises his rascal of a nephew, Napoleon III, for his defeat at Sedan.

Process engraving. E.384-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]





Subjects depicted

Uniform; Epaulettes; Sashes (costume accessories); Spurs (accessories worn); Emperor; Bicorne


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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