Size: 35 x 47 inches
Artist: De Lonlay, Dick
While most war posters are powerful propaganda tools, this particular one was created in conjunction with a book entitled Francais et Allemands: Histoire Anecdotique de la Guerre 1870 - 1871. Its author, Dick De Lonlay, was the pseudonym for the French writer, journalist, war correspondent, and illustrator Georges Hardouin, who was known to create the images which accompanied his novels. The subject of both drawing and book was the Franco-German war, which saw the Second French Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia wreak havoc in the name of German unification. Prussian chancellor Otto Van Bismarck believed that a national war would be the fastest and most effective way of having the north and south of Germany form an alliance, and so promptly initiated a war against his French neighbours. Paris succumbed to German troops on 28 January 1871, which the Prussians would eventually give up in exchange for Alsace and Lorraine. France's determination to regain these two territories would be major factor in their involvement in the First World War.
This poster measures 35 x 47 inches and has been linen backed.