The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • (Jean-Louis-) Ernest Meissonier (1815 - 1891)
  • Polichinelle
  • France
  • 1860
  • Painting
  • Oil on pine panel
  • Image size: 55.2 x 36 cm
    Object size: 56.2 x 37 cm
    with frame, Object size: 90.5 x 72 x 11.5 cm
  • Signature: 'EM 1860', the 'EM' in monogram
  • P337
  • West Gallery III
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • One of several whole-length figures of Punch by Meissonier, this was painted on a door panel in the Paris apartment of Apollonie Sabatier (see Meissonier, 'The Recital', P326). The clogs (French: sabots) worn by the figure are doubtless a visual pun on Sabatier's name. The panel was cut from the door and retouched by the artist for the sale of Mme. Sabatier’s collection in 1861. The louche character of Punch was a not inappropriate decoration for the apartment of a celebrated courtesan (who was said to have become a mistress of Richard Wallace in either the 1840s or the 1860s).