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

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

L'Éclipse was a French magazine 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.[1]

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 9 August 1868.

L'Éclipse would itself suffer from twenty-two seizures by the law. It consisted only of one page, due to governmental restrictions.[2]


  1. ^ Robert Justin Goldstein (January 1989). Censorship of Political Caricature in Nineteenth-century France. Kent State University Press. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-87338-396-7. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  2. ^ Robert Justin Goldstein (1 January 2000). The War for the Public Mind: Political Censorship in Nineteenth-century Europe. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-275-96461-0. Retrieved 12 June 2015.

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