Pillaging of Canillo by the Forces of the Insurrectionary Government, After the Siege of the Village


In the late 19th century, before the widespread use of photography in newspapers and magazines, the French press used wood engravings to illustrate its publications. This technique, known as woodcut printing, is performed by carving an image out of a piece of wood, generally boxwood, and applying ink to the relief pattern of the piece to engrave the image onto a surface. This engraving was originally published on March 12, 1881, in the Parisian magazine L’Illustration. According to the caption, it shows the looting of the village of Canillo by rebels. Amidst the crisis of the traditional economic system in Andorra, the Consell General de les Valls (General Council of the Valleys), the legislature, was reluctant to approve the opening of gambling houses in the country. A group of armed insurgents managed to overthrow the General Council and replace it with a Provisional Revolutionary Council. A revolutionary uprising began in December 1880 and lasted until June 1881. Starting in Andorra la Vella and Escaldes, it rapidly spread to the remainder of Andorra’s parishes. The illustration is by Louis Dünki (1856‒1915), a Swiss illustrator from the École des Beaux-Arts de Genève who worked for various French magazines as well as for Édouard Castres and other notable artists.

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J. J. Dubochet, Paris


Title in Original Language

Le pillage de Canillo par les forces du gouvernement insurrectionnel, après la prise du village

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1 print : woodcut


  • From L'Illustration, Volume 39, Number 1985, March 12, 1881, page 164

Last updated: March 24, 2017