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Allons, va ã École petin, tu en as besoin

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Untel, N. E. (caricaturist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 206

Physical description

Satirical print depicting Moltke, the Prussian Chief of Staff, in Prussian military attire, flinging General Trochu into the 'Ecole de St Cyr'. In the lower left of the scene is the model of a town. 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)


Untel, N. E. (caricaturist)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Actualités No. 63 En vente chez Grognet, Imp. Edit., 16, rue des Ecoles. Allons, va à ;'École petin, tu en as besoin.'

'Ecole de St Cyr'
Lettered within design.

'Untel NE'


Height: 31.8 cm, Width: 20.9 cm

Descriptive line

'Allons, va ã École petin, tu en as besoin'. Satirical illustration by N. E. Untel depicting Moltke, the Prussian Chief of Staff, in Prussian military attire, flinging General Trochu into the 'Ecole de St Cyr'. 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

"Untel NE"

General Trochu's immediate reaction, when the bombardment of Paris began, was to pray for a miracle. His emotional proclamation announcing that he had prayed to Sainte Geneviève, the Patron Saint of Paris, to come to their rescue as she had when the Huns were at the gates of Paris 14 centuries earlier, was quashed by the less devout members of the cabinet. He declared instead 'The Governor of Paris will not capitulate'. Here, Moltke, the able Prussian Chief of Staff, flings him back into a famous French military academy.

Lithograph, coloured by hand. E.799-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]




Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Men; Military uniform; Helmet; Crucifixes


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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