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Nos Grrrands Généraux

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-71 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Betbeder, Faustin, born 1847 (caricaturist)
    Lemaine & Fils (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 211

Physical description

Satirical print showing General Chanzy, wearing red trousers and a blue military jacket, riding a wooden rocking horse, his hat falling off. In the background are defence works. 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)


1870-71 (printed)


Betbeder, Faustin, born 1847 (caricaturist)
Lemaine & Fils (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Nos Grrrands Généraux No.3. Lith. Lemaine, 61, r. de Cléry En Vente ch. Duclaux, 21, pl. du Ch d'Eau Dépôt ch. Madre, 20, r. de Croist. Le Géneral Chanzy. Allons bon o'la encore Cocotte qui se cabre et Paris qui m'attend!...'



Height: 30.7 cm, Width: 22.5 cm

Object history note

Plate 4 in a series entitled Nos Grrrands Généraux.

Historical context note

During the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71), General Chanzy led the second Army of the Loire. As a result of a confusing message dispatched by Favre on the afternoon of 30 November, Gambetta thought that Ducrot had not only crossed the Marne, but that he was well past the Prussian lines on his way to Fontainebleau. Gambetta immediately ordered his Generals, Chanzy and D' Aurelle to march to meet him without pausing to concentrate. With their forces divided, they were intercepted en route and severely beaten by the Prussian army released from the siege at Metz.

Descriptive line

'Le Géneral Chanzy...' Satirical illustration by Faustin Betbeder showing General Chanzy riding a wooden rocking horse, his hat falling off. 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 second Army of the Loire, under General Chanzy's leadership, was severely beaten when it was marching to the rescue of Paris at the beginning of December.

Lithograph, coloured by hand. E.992-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]




Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Epaulettes; Man; Rocking horse; Cannons; General; Hat


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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