Gill, André

BORN 17 Apr 1840, Paris - DIED 1 May 1885, Charenton-le-Pont, Val-de-Marne
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 95, ligne 01, K, 29)

Son of the Comte de Guînes and a seamstress. After his military service he studied at the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture in Paris. At first he worked as a caricaturist for Le Journal Amusant, but he became famous with his work for La Luna. Among his caricatures were Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Sarah Bernhardt, Jules Verne, Richard Wagner and many others.

After publication of the magazine was forbidden by Napoleon III he worked for L’Eclipse from 1868 to 1876. In 1868 he was imprisoned for a few months after he had portrayed a judge in an offending way. During the Commune of 1871 he was the curator of the Musée the Luxembourg for a short while. From 1876 to 1879 he was the editor in chief of La Luna Rousse.

He was the owner of the cabaret in Montmartre that was named "Lapin a Gill". He died insane in 1885.


The grave of André Gill at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (24 Oct 2014)


• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994
• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1991

Gilliams, Jenny

Published: 21 Nov 2014
Last update: 05 Apr 2022