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La Cueillette Des Feuilles

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (published)

  • Date:

    14/05/1871 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bertall, born 1820 - died 1882 (caricaturist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Front page of the sixth number of the newspaper Le Grelot, Sunday, 14 May 1871; 'LA CUEILLETTE DES FEUILLES'; Gillotage, coloured by hand; Raoul Rigault sits on a ladder clipping newspaper 'leaves' from a tree. Below him, to his right, Delescluze surveys the scene, Paschel Grousset encourages him and Pyat throws a tantrum. Signed in facsimile Bertall.
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 (published)


14/05/1871 (published)


Bertall, born 1820 - died 1882 (caricaturist)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

LE GRELOT and details of the newspaper's publication.
Lettered at top of page.

Series title, lettered above design.

Title, lettered below design.

Joli mois de mai quand reviendras-tu ?
Caption, lettered below design.

Signed in facsimile, bottom-right of design.

ARBRE DE LA LIBERTÉ / BOUTIQUES / PÈRE DUCHÊNE and the titles of many Parisian newspapers.
Lettered, in various areas within design.

Most prints in this set are lettered with the names of artists and printers and have captions


Height: 45 cm, Width: 28.5 cm

Object history note

Provenance unknown.
This is the front page of the sixth number of the newspaper Le Grelot, Sunday, 14 May 1871.

Descriptive line

Gillotage, hand-coloured. Albert d'Arnoux (Bertall). Paris Commune print, La Cueillette des Feuilles, front page of the newspaper Le Grelot, Sunday, 14 May 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

After "Bertall" (pseudonym of Albert d' Arnoux) (1820- 82)

Raoul Rigault sits on a ladder clipping 'feuilles' (either ‘leaves’ or ‘newspapers’) from a tree sarcastically labelled 'Tree of Liberty'. Between 5 and 18 May this dictatorial State Prosecutor ordered the suppression of 23 newspapers hostile to the Commune including L' Etoile, Le Soir, La Cloche, Le Moniteur du Peuple, Echo du Soir, La Nation Souveraine and L'Opinion National. Rochefort's Mot d'Ordre was not suppressed although it ceased publication voluntarily on 20 May. To the right of Rigault, Delescluze surveys the scene, Paschel Grousset encourages him and Pyat, who had agreed to the suppression of the papers in the Hôtel de Ville and criticized it in his Le Vengeur, throws a tantrum. To the Prosecutor's left two figures applaud him: the personification of Le Père Duchêne, the Commune's most scurrilous paper, and Jules Vallès of Le Cri du Peuple. Le Sou was the title of the first lithographic society of resistance, so called because the subscription was one sou.

Gillotage, coloured by hand. E.2224-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]





Subjects depicted

Birds; Scissors; Caricature; Men; Tree; Ladders; Newspapers


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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