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Les Assassins

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (published)

  • Date:

    26/04/1871 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Montbard, George, born 1841 - died 1905 (caricaturist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured process engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.2218-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 211

Physical description

Front page of the newspaper 'La Fronde Illustrée', with an illustration depicting Adolphe Thiers and Jules Favre standing, bathed in blood and looking down at the dead body of a soldier, as the Republic raises her sword behind them. 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)

Date

26/04/1871 (published)

Artist/maker

Montbard, George, born 1841 - died 1905 (caricaturist)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured process engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'La Fronde Illustrée', details of the paper's publication and ['Dessin de Montard'.]
Lettered above design

'LES ASSASSINS'
Title, lettered above design.

'Après le Crime ..... le Châtiment'
Lettered below design.

'LEFMAN SC'
Signed, bottom-left of design.

'MONTBARD'
Inscribed with facsimile signature, bottom-right of design.

Dimensions

Height: 40.6 cm, Width: 26.3 cm

Descriptive line

'Les Assassins'. Satirical illustration by George Montbard depicting Adolphe Thiers and Jules Favre standing and looking down at the dead body of a soldier. Front page of the newspaper 'La Fronde Illustrée', Thursday, 27 April 1871. Hand-coloured process engraving, 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 Montbard (pseudonym of Charles Auguste Loye) (1841-1905)

Thiers and Favre stand bathed in blood as the Republic raises her sword to administer justice.

Process-engraving by Lefman.
Coloured by hand. E.2218-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Process engraving; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Sword; Corpse; Men; Shields (armor); Woman; Battle-axes

Categories

Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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