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Tentative de Viol

Print
1870-1871 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

'Tentative de Viol'; Lithograph, coloured by hand; A naked Adolphe Thiers is accused of trying to violate a naked woman (symbolising the Republic). She kicks him in the face, as his accomplice Jules Favre stands holding a candle. Signed Moloch.
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

Categories
Object type
TitleTentative de Viol (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Lithograph on paper
Brief description
Paris Commune print; 'Tentative de Viol'; Lithograph, coloured by hand; A naked Adolphe Thiers is kicked in the face by a naked woman (symbolising the Republic), as Jules Favre stands holding a candle; Alphonse Hector Colomb ('Moloch'); France; 1870-71.
Physical description
'Tentative de Viol'; Lithograph, coloured by hand; A naked Adolphe Thiers is accused of trying to violate a naked woman (symbolising the Republic). She kicks him in the face, as his accomplice Jules Favre stands holding a candle. Signed Moloch.
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: 21.3cm
  • Width: 26cm
Dimensions from: 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.
Marks and inscriptions
  • Tentative de Viol (Title, lettered below design.)
  • (6) (Numbered above design.)
  • Chez DEFORET & CÉSAR, Libraires- Editeurs, 64, Rue Nve. des Petits-Champs. / Imp. TALONS, Marché St. Honoré 19 (Lettered below design, above title.)
  • Moloch (Signed bottom-right of design.)
  • (Most prints in this set are lettered with the names of artists and printers and have captions)
Gallery label
"Moloch" (pseudonym of Alphonse Hector Colomb) (1849-1909) Thiers, stamped with the fleur-de-lys, is accused of trying to violate the Republic. Favre, his accomplice, holds the candle. Lithograph, coloured by hand. E.2271-1962(27/05/1971-10/10/1971)
Object history
Provenance unknown.
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.2271-1962

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Record createdFebruary 9, 2009
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