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Le Président Grévy

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Untel, N. E. (caricaturist)
    Deplanche (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 depicting Jules Grévy walking a tightrope, holding a balancing pole, with a bell crowned with a fleur-de-lys weighing him down on one 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.

Place of Origin

Paris (printed)


1870-1871 (printed)


Untel, N. E. (caricaturist)
Deplanche (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Le Président Grévy. Imp. Deplanche, Pass. Du Caire, 13, Paris. En vente chez Duclaux, 81, Place du Château d'eau. Dépôt chez Madre, 20, Rue du Croissant. Paris.'

'un mauvais balancier.'
Lettered with caption


Height: 30.2 cm, Width: 20.3 cm

Descriptive line

'Le Président Grévy'. Satirical illustration by N. E. Untel depicting Jules Grévy walking a tightrope, holding a balancing pole. 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"

Jules Grévy, a moderate Republican, was President of the strongly Royalist National Assembly. The bell crowned with a fleur-de-lys weighs him down on the side of the Orleanists.

Lithograph, coloured by hand. E.1188-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]




Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Bells (idiophones); Acrobat; Tightrope


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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