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La chanson des gueux

Illustrated by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923), Author Jean Richepin (French, 1849–1926), Publisher Edouard Pelletan (French, 1854–1912), Printer A. Lahure (French, late 19th–early 20th century)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Ray, French Illustrated Book, 341


Overall: 26.7 x 20.5 x 4.6 cm (10 1/2 x 8 1/16 x 1 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 252 photomechanical relief prints

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Edouard Pelletan, 1910) Quarto; [3 ff.] 366 pp. [1 f.], plus original 4 ff. prospectus bound in; original publisher’s printed wrappers (marbled paper cardboard slipcase).

Illustrations of street life, especially beggars, tramps, and bohemians.

Paris: Edouard Pelletan, 1910


Acquired from Bosse, Paris, in 1910 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent