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Print - Les Nouveaux Impôts
  • Les Nouveaux Impôts
    Betbeder, Faustin, born 1847
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Les Nouveaux Impôts

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Betbeder, Faustin, born 1847 (caricaturist)
    Barousse (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

Print depicting a man, wearing a blue jacket, presenting a cat trapped in a bell jar to a shocked woman, seated and wearing a pink dress. 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 (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Les Nouveaux Impôts. No.6. Duclaux, Edr., 21, Pl. du Château d'Eau Imp. Barousse Paris.'

'Madame Popinard! rassemble tout ton courage: J’ai fait empailler ton chat, comme cela au moins nous ne payerons pas d'impôt'
Lettered with caption



Height: 28.5 cm, Width: 18.4 cm

Object history note

Provenance unknown.
This lithograph was Plate 6 from a series of 8 entitled LES NOUVEAUX IMPÔTS.

Descriptive line

'L'Impôt Sur Les Chats'. Satirical illustration by Faustin Betbeder depicting a man, wearing a blue jacket, presenting a cat trapped in a bell jar to a shocked woman. Hand-coloured lithograph, France, 1870-71.

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.

Labels and date

"Faustin" (pseudonym of Faustin Betbeder) (born 1847)

A caricature from a series commenting on the heavy taxes which were imposed by the Government to raise the war indemnity and to restore Paris to her former glory.

Lithograph, coloured by hand. E.1899-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]




Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Woman; Bell jar; Man; Cat; Dress; Top hat


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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