L'Éclipse

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Charles Dickens
by André Gill
Hand-colored engraving published in L'Eclipse newspaper, June 14, 1868.

Dickens crosses the English Channel, carrying his books from London to Paris.

L'Éclipse was a French newspaper of the nineteenth century, appearing from 1868 to 1876. Edited by Francis Polo, L'Éclipse was a showcase for the illustrator André Gill, in which he drew caricatures of his illustrious contemporaries.

Napoleon III disliked the portrait of him drawn by Gill in La Lune. In December 1867, the journal was censored. "La Lune will have to undergo an eclipse," an authority commented to Editor Francis Polo when the ban was instituted, unwittingly dubbing Polo's subsequent publication: L'Eclipse, which made its first appearance on August 9, 1868.[1]

L'Éclipse would itself suffer from twenty-two seizures by the law. It consisted only of one page, due to governmental restrictions.

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