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Print - Le Fils De Cerbère
  • Le Fils De Cerbère
    Colomb, B. Moloch, born 1849 - died 1909
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Le Fils De Cerbère

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Colomb, B. Moloch, born 1849 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
    Talons (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 204

Physical description

Print depicting a man at the door of a lodging house, as a woman looks out. 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)


Colomb, B. Moloch, born 1849 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
Talons (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Le Fils De Cerbère. No.4 Chez Deforet et César 64 R. N des Petits Champs. Imp. Talons. 19 Pl du Marché St. Honoré.'


'Le portier antique et le Cerbère moderne!'
Lettered with caption


Height: 27.6 cm, Width: 21.6 cm

Object history note

Provenance unknown.
This lithograph was plate 4 from a series of 20 entitled LES FILS DE CERBÈRE.

Descriptive line

'Ils n'est pas venu une jeune dame me demander?' Satirical illustration by B. Colomb ('Moloch') depicting a man requesting a room at the door of a lodging house. 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

"Moloch" (pseudonym of Alphonse Hector Colomb) (1849-1909)

A plate from a series of 20 satirizing lodging houses. The concierges of Paris became known as 'Cerbères' for they guarded their doors as fiercely as the many-headed dog, Cerberus, guarded the gate of Hell.

Lithograph, coloured by hand. E.1846-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]




Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Hat; Woman; Man; Headscarf; Lodging house


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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