La Lune

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Cover of La Lune, illustrated by André Gill, 1867.

La Lune ("The Moon") was the name of a nineteenth-century French weekly four-sheet newspaper edited by Francis Polo. The illustrator André Gill became known for his work for this journal, in which he drew caricatures for a series entitled The Man of the Day.

Napoleon III disliked the portrait of him drawn by Gill. 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'Éclipse, which made its first appearance on August 9, 1868.[1] Gill would contribute caricatures to this successor of La Lune as well.

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