'The Cat's Paw', 1832. Creator: John Doyle.

'The Cat's Paw', 1832. Creator: John Doyle.

2-751-954 - The Print Collector/Heritage Images

'The Cat's Paw', 1832. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, French ambassador to the United Kingdom, grapples with British prime minister Lord Palmerston, depicted as a cat. Talleyrand, who appears to have a rat's tail, holds the cat's paw over a hot stove, with the words 'Belgium' and 'Antwerp' written on hot coals. To make a cat's paw of someone means to use them as a tool or instrument to accomplish one's purpose. Satirical cartoon by 'H.B.' (John Doyle). [Thomas McLean, London, 1832]

Image Details

People Information

  1. John Doyle, attributed to: British; Irish: Artist, caricaturist, painter
  1. Lord Palmerston: British: Politician, Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
  2. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord: French: Politician, statesman, diplomat
People Related
  1. Thomas McLean: British: Publisher and dealer
  2. Alfred Ducôte: : Artist, lithographer, printmaker, printer

  1. Lithograph

Picture Type
  1. Caricature
  2. Satire

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Digital Image Size

Pixel Dimensions (W x H) : 3565x4653
File Size : 48,598kb


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