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Print - Monsieur Pipelet

Monsieur Pipelet

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Betbeder, Faustin, born 1847 (caricaturist)
    Coulboeuf (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.412-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 203

Physical description

Satirical print in which Napoleon III is depicted as Monsieur Pipelet, wearing attire of red, white and blue, holding a broom and feather duster. 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

Betbeder, Faustin, born 1847 (caricaturist)
Coulboeuf (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Monsieur Pipelet en vente chez Strauss, r. d. Croissant. 7. / Imp. Coulboeuf, Paris ...Dire qu'il n'y a plus que ces bêtes la qui m'aiment...moi aussi je les ai bien aimées, & il ne me reste plus qu'un vieux plumeau maintenant...'
Lettered

'Faustin'
Signed

ÉTAIT NÉ POUR LES CORDONS
Lettered within design.

Dimensions

Height: 28.3 cm, Width: 15.9 cm

Historical context note

In this set the ex-Emperor and Empress are represented as Monsieur and Madame Pipelet, the door-keepers in Eugène Sue's novel Mystères de Paris, whose name has since been adopted for concierges in general. The caricature of Eugénie plays on the similarity between the words cour a court or courtyard and Coeur, heart. That of Napoleon plays on the double meaning of the word plumeau, either a feather duster or an old has-been.

Descriptive line

'Monsieur Pipelet'. Satirical illustration by Faustin Betbeder in which the Emperor Napoleon is depicted as Monsieur Pipelet, holding a broom and feather duster. 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

"Faustin" (pseudonym of Faustin Betbeder) (born 1847)

The ex-Emperor and Empress are represented as Monsieur and Madame Pipelet, the door-keepers in Eugène Sue's novel Mystères de Paris, whose name has since been adopted for concierges in general. The caricature of Eugénie plays on the similarity between the words 'cour' a court or courtyard and 'coeur', heart. That of Napoleon plays on the double meaning of the word 'plumeau', either a feather duster or an old has-been.

Lithographs, coloured by hand. E.411, 412-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Cat; Man; Broom; Apron; Feather duster

Categories

Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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