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Les Folies De La Commune

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Noé, Amédée-Charles-Henry de Comte, born 1818 - died 1879 (caricaturist)
    Rouge Frères et Comp. (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case GG, shelf 209

Physical description

Print in which Gustave Courbet stands next to the Vendôme Column, wearing uniform, his hands behind his back. 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)


Noé, Amédée-Charles-Henry de Comte, born 1818 - died 1879 (caricaturist)
Rouge Frères et Comp. (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'No 7 Les Folies De La Commune Paris. - Typ. Rouge frères et Comp.'

'Le Chatiment De Courbet. / Le nommer gardien de la Colonne relevée.'
Lettered with caption

'CHAM 52'


Height: 27 cm, Width: 18.7 cm

Object history note

Provenance unknown.
First published in Le Charivari on 27 June 1871.
Republished in the state reproduced as plate 7 from a series of 20 entitled LES FOLIES DE LA COMMUNE.

Historical context note

As early as September 1870, the French painter Gustave Courbet had urged the demolition of the Vendôme Column on the grounds that it was a symbol of Bonapartism and that it offended his artistic sensibilities. On 12 April 1871, the Commune authorized its destruction, which was carried out with great celebrations on 16 May.

After the war Courbet, who was elected to the Commune at the April by-elections, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment and ordered to pay an enormous fine towards the column's reconstruction. To avoid finding the sum he fled to Switzerland.

Descriptive line

'Le Chatiment De Courbet'. Satirical illustration by Amédée-Charles-Henry de Noé (Cham) in which Gustave Courbet stands next to the Vendôme Column. 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: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1971.
Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1962. London: HMSO, 1964.




Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Man; Uniform; Epaulettes; Vendôme Column; Memorial column; Hat


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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