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Napoleon III and the imperial family

Caricatures of the Franco Prussian War and the Paris Commune

After the fall of the Second Empire, during the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune of 1870-71, Paris was flooded with prints due to the complete breakdown of censorship. Amateurs and experts alike engaged with a frenetic print culture, hoping to capture the moment through their drawings. Many of these caricatures targeted the defeated French Emperor Napoleon III, nicknamed “Badinguet”, as well as members of the imperial family, including the young prince Eugène Louis Napoléon and the empress Eugénie.