French School, (19th century), French. 1872. Adolphe Thiers (1797-1877) depicted receiving offerings from the French people and also foreign donors to help France pay off the Franco-Prussian War Indemnity; allegorical representation of the reaction to the imposition on France by Germany of an indemnity of 5 billion gold francs after the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71; the debt was payable in 5 years and was paid off early by 1873; Thiers was President of the French Republic from August 1871 and reorganised France after its defeat by Prussia; L'emprunt de 1872 pour la liberation du territoire; Francais et etrangers apportent a M.Thiers l'argent qui sera verse a l'Allemagne en avance sur les delais fixes. Materials: engraving. Provenance: Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library.