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Le Vieux Singe Savant

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Betbeder, Faustin, born 1847 (caricaturist)
    Barousse (lithographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 208

Physical description

Satirical print depicting Adolphe Thiers as having the body of a monkey. Thiers sits on a lecturn stirring a solution in a glass that he is holding, with a crown on the end of his tail. In the background there is a cockerel and a wolf. 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)


Betbeder, Faustin, born 1847 (caricaturist)
Barousse (lithographer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Le Vieux Singe Savant. Madre, Editeur, rue du Croissant 20. Lith. Barousse, à Paris Va-t' -il être plumé ce pauvre coq gaulois!...'

'Versailles' and 'Mes Bons Messieurs Je vous affirme que je suis Républicain et que j'adore Votre Vile Multitude! . . . . .'
Lettered within the design



Height: 32.4 cm, Width: 24.1 cm

Descriptive line

'Le Vieux Singe Savant'. Satirical illustration by Faustin Betbeder depicting Adolphe Thiers as having the body of a monkey. 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: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1971.
Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1962. London: HMSO, 1964.




Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Cockrel; Monkey; Lecturn; Hat; Crowns (headdresses); Wolf; Tumblers (drinking glasses)


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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