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Print - La Pomme De Terre
  • La Pomme De Terre
    Le Petit, Alfred, born 1841 - died 1909
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La Pomme De Terre

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Petit, Alfred, born 1841 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
    Coulboeuf (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 202

Physical description

Print in which the head of Pierre Frédéric Dorian, depicted as a gnarled potato, is attached to a stake, from which hangs a notice: 'Défense de Paris Magasin des Accessoires'. Behind are piled weapons of war. 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)


1871 (printed)


Le Petit, Alfred, born 1841 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
Coulboeuf (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes Du Jour. La Pomme De Terre. 5 Au Bureau de L'Eclipse, 16, Rue du Croissant, Paris Imp. Coulboeuf, Paris.'

'Alfred Le Petit / Paris 20 Janv. 1871.'
Signed and dated

Lettered with name of subject and caption


Height: 24.1 cm, Width: 13.6 cm

Descriptive line

'La Pomme De Terre'. Satirical illustration by Alfred le Petit in which the head of Pierre Frédéric Dorian is shown as a gnarled potato. Hand-coloured lithograph, France, 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

Alfred Le Petit "Zut" (1841-1909)

The head of Pierre Frédéric Dorian was Minister of Works in the Government of national Defence. He efficiently organised the production of the weapons of war in every available work-shop in Paris. He was the one member of the Government of National Defence to prove himself an able administrator and the only official to remain popular both with his colleagues and with the Reds. On 31 October he politely turned down an invitation from the insurgents to head their new Government.

Lithograph, coloured by hand.
From a series of 32. E.1610-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]




Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Shells (ammunition); Cannonballs; Cannon; Potato


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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