Qui Demande un Boucher?

Print
1870-1871 (printed)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Satirical print depicting the Kaiser, William Emperor of Germany, dressed in the bloodstained robes of a Roman Emperor, daggers at his side. 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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Hand-coloured process engraving on paper
Brief Description
'Qui Demande un Boucher?'. Satirical illustration by André Gill depicting the Kaiser, William Emperor of Germany, dressed in the bloodstained robes of a Roman Emperor. Hand-coloured lithograph, France, 1870-1871.
Physical Description
Satirical print depicting the Kaiser, William Emperor of Germany, dressed in the bloodstained robes of a Roman Emperor, daggers at his side. 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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 41.9cm
  • Width: 26.3cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Qui Demande un Boucher? par Gill. En vente chez STRAUSS, 7, rue du Croissant, & chez Madre, 20, rue du Croissant. 843. -Paris. -Imprimerie Vallee, 16, rue du Croissant' (Title, lettered running below design.)
  • 'And. Gill' (Signed)
Gallery Label
André Gill (pseudonym of Louis Alexandre Gosset de Guine) (1840-85) The Kaiser of Germany wears the garb of the Roman Emperors. At the beginning of the war King William was usually caricatured as a funny or benevolent old man misled by his ministers. As it progressed he was portrayed in an increasingly vicious light. Process engraving, coloured by hand. E.838-1962(27/05/1971-10/10/1971)
Object history
This caricature was published as a supplement to the newspaper L'Éclipse.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
Collection
Accession Number
E.838-1962

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