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Monsieur Le M....Arquis De Gallifet

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Colomb, B. Moloch, born 1849 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
    Talons (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.1355-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 207

Physical description

Satirical print in which Gaston Auguste, depicted as having the body of a fish, stands with blood-letting equipment holding a candle. He has a Prussian medal tied to his tail.
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)

Date

1870-1871 (printed)

Artist/maker

Colomb, B. Moloch, born 1849 - died 1909 (caricaturist)
Talons (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Monsieur Le M....Arquis De Gallifet
Lettered below design

'(14)'
Numbered above design

'Chez DEFORET & CÉSAR, Libraires-Editeurs, 64, Rue Nve. des Petits-Champs / [illegible] TALONS'
Lettered below design

'Moloch'
Signed, bottom-left of design

Dimensions

Height: 26.6 cm, Width: 20 cm

Descriptive line

'Monsieur Le M....Arquis De Gallifet'. Satirical illustration by B. Colomb ('Moloch') in which Gaston Auguste, depicted as having the body of a fish, stands with blood-letting equipment holding a candle. 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, V&A, 1971
Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1962. London: HMSO, 1964.

Labels and date

"Moloch" (pseudonym of Alphonse Hector Colomb) (1849-1909)

The cold blooded Gaston Auguste, Marquis de Gallifet, formerly an officer in Napoleon's household, is represented with his blood-letting equipment. His ruthless supervision of the columns of haggard communards on the walk from Paris to Versailles earned him a justified reputation for cruelty. Any communards with grey hair, who might therefore be old enough to have fought in the 1848 revolution, any prisoners wearing watches which might indicate that they were communard officials, and any who caught his attention by their pluck, exhaustion or for any other reason, were immediately taken into the Bois de Boulogne and shot.

Lithograph, coloured by hand. E.1355-1962 [27/05/1971-10/10/1971]

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Lithography; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Syringe; Candle; Medal; Dish; Sponge; Blood-letting equipment; Fish

Categories

Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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