Eugène Rosambeau lithograph, depicting female soldiers of “Les Amazones de la Seine”
This collection consists of an original color lithograph entitled “Les Amazones de la Seine,” created and signed by Eugéne Morsabeau Rosambeau in 1870, and published or distributed by the firm Imprimerie Deplanche. The print depicts five female French soldiers at ease facing a group of a dozen Prussian soldiers during the Siege of Paris (1870-1871). According to the text on the lithograph, the women, who are members of the “Amazones de la Seine” faction, were able to make the Prussians “lever la crosse en l'air.” This is an expression that means the Prussians raised the butts of their rifles in the air to signify their surrender. These caricatures were sold in the street during the Siege, which the French ultimately succumbed to in 1871.
Source: Naranjo, Roberto. “The Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.” Ohio State University Department of History ehistory Database. https://ehistory.osu.edu/articles/siege-paris-during-franco-prussian-war
- Creation: 1870
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Biographical / Historical
Partially rewritten from dealer description: Eugéne Morsabeau Rosambeau was a French illustrator who often drew caricatures of his subjects. While most of his material was satirical, some drawings, such as this lithograph, were more factual. The “Amazones de la Seine” were a group of female soldiers organized by Félix Belly in 1870. They fought in several important battles during the Siege of Paris from 1870-1871.
Source: “Search the Collections: E. Morsabeau Rosambeau.” The V&A Museum. http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1029438/actualites-print-rosambeau-e-morsabeau/ “Französische Karikaturisten [(French Cartoonists)].”arthistoricum.net. https://www.arthistoricum.net/themen/bildquellen/frzkar/frkar/
.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal-sized folder)
Language of Materials
This collection consists of an original color lithograph entitled “Les Amazones de la Seine,” created and signed by Eugéne Morsabeau Rosambeau in 1870. The print depicts a group of a dozen Prussian soldiers brought to surrender by members of the “Amazones de la Seine,” a French female military faction during the Siege of Paris (1870-1871).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Librairie Les Amazones in August 2017.
Processed by Charlotte Gassoway in June 2018.
- Guide to the Eugène Rosambeau lithograph, depicting female soldiers of “Les Amazones de la Seine”
- Charlotte Gassoway
- June 2018
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