19th Century European

Les Bons Bourgeois

Lithograph, image size 12 x 9 inches, 1847, D. 1543, plate signed "h.D." l.l., this is from the comic journal of the time, "Le Charivari", published Sept. 28, 1847, which Daumier used as a venue for his views on the corrupt social and political life of the elite. For example, through the use of satire he portrayed the king as a money eating "Gargantua" which landed him in jail for six months. He was referred to as the "Michelangelo of caricature" by his fellow artists creating over 500 paintings and 1000 drawings in his lifetime.

The Towing Path

This is a rare early state etching by Sir Francis Seymour Haden, image size 5 3/8 x 8 3/8 inches, 1864, state VI/XIII, cat: Schneiderman-72, pencil signed. Sir Francis Seymour Haden was one of the most important British etchers of the 19th century, along with his brother in law James Whistler. In addition to being a highly regarded artist he was a successful surgeon, accomplished author and dedicated angler. He was a founder and the first president of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, and was knighted in 1894.

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