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General Trochu, 'The Hope of France'

Coïdé (James Tissot) (1836-1902)


Ink and watercolour with pencil and chalk

11 ¾ x 7 inches

Vanity Fair, 17 September 1870

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1871-2022', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, November-December 2022, no 32

Louis-Jules Trochu (1815-1896) had served with distinction in the French armed forces during the Crimean War. During the Franco-Prussian War, he was appointed Governor of Paris and Commander-in-Chief of all forces responsible for the defence of the capital. The leadership he demonstrated during the Siege of Paris saw him named President of the Government of National Defence, the de facto head of state, on 4 September 1870.

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