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Print - Le Chardon
  • Le Chardon
    Le Petit, Alfred, born 1841 - died 1909
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Le Chardon

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Petit, Alfred, born 1841 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
    Coulboeuf (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 202

Physical description

Print in which Pierre Tirard is depicted as having the body of a thistle. He is holding a staff-weapon while a crowd of armed men gather behind him. 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)


1871 (printed)


Le Petit, Alfred, born 1841 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
Coulboeuf (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes Du Jour. Le Chardon 29 Au Bureau de L'Eclipse, 16, Rue du Croissant, Paris Imp. Coulboeuf, Paris'

'Alfred Le Petit / 30 Mars 1871.''
Signed and dated

'M.P. Tirard / -Aux ânes de la République / Foulant mon pré municipal, / Je dis: -qui s'y frotte, s'y pique! / Je suis un Chardon radical!’
Lettered with caption


Height: 24.8 cm, Width: 13.3 cm

Descriptive line

'Le Chardon'. Satirical illustration by Alfred le Petit in which Pierre Tirard is depicted as having the body of a thistle. Hand-coloured lithograph, France, 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

Alfred Le Petit "Zut" (1841-1909)

Pierre Tirard, Mayor of the second arrondissement, a business district, was one of the few conservative Mayors on whom Thiers could rely. He was elected to the Commune but resigned, along with several others, during the chaotic first sitting when he found that it was debating issues beyond the control of a legal municipal council.

Lithograph, coloured by hand. E.1634-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]




Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Staff-weapon; Sword; Flag; Men; Thistle; Guns


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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