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Print - Le Soleil
  • Le Soleil
    Le Petit, Alfred, born 1841 - died 1909
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Le Soleil

  • Object:

    Print

  • 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:

    E.1607-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 73, box B

Physical description

Print in which Leon Gambetta, with his spherical head surrounded by sunflower petals, strides over a small town on stilts, carrying his 'Depéches' and 'Proclamations etc'. 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

1871 (printed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'LE SOLEIL'
Title, lettered above design

'GAMBETTA . / Ce Tribun, la terreur des princes, / Depuis le Nord jusqu'au Midi, / Sut réchauffer dans les Provinces, / Le patriotisme engourdi'
Lettered below design

'Alfred Le Petit Paris 12 Janv. 1871'
Signed and dated, bottom-right of design

'Au Bureau de L' ECLIPSE, I6, Rue du Croissant, PARIS / Imp. Coulboeuf, Paris'
Lettered running below design

'2'
Numbered

Dimensions

Height: 24.7 cm, Width: 13.6 cm

Historical context note

Leon Gambetta, Minister of the Interior, had an energy and intense commitment which compensated for his weak physique. On 7 October 1871, he ballooned out of Paris to take over from Crémieux at Tours.

In this caricature he strides over the country, covering almost impossible distances, on stilts, carrying his Depéches and Proclamations etc . . . In the country districts he injected the apathetic inhabitants with a new will to win the war. No sooner was one army beaten by the Germans than Gambetta had assembled another.

Descriptive line

'Le Soleil'. Satirical illustration by Alfred le Petit in which Leon Gambetta, with his spherical head surrounded by sunflower petals, strides over a small town on stilts. 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: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1971.
Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1962. London: HMSO, 1964.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Dog; Man; Stilts; Town; Townscapes (representations)

Categories

Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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