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Comical French Characters
from
"Ces Messieurs
Travestissements Fantaisistes"

Dessins Inedits par STOP (Louis Morel-Retz)

Paris: Bureau du Journal Amusant, du Petit Journal pour Rire
20, Rue Bergeme

Undated, but circa 1850-1875

Hand colored etchings (various condition issues on some plates, see enlargements)
Sheet size: approx. 11.5 x 7.5 inches

Cours de la Bourse
Cours de la Bourse

$45

Major
Major

$45

Photographe moyen age
Photographe moyen age

Soldat des Canaries
Soldat des Canaries

$45

Actéon
Actéon

$50

Osmanli
Osmanli

Prince Charmant
Prince Charmant

$50

Ministre plénipotentiare du roi d'Araucanie
Ministre plénipotentiare
du roi d'Araucanie

$55

Poet élégiaque
Poet élégiaque

$45

Fonctionnaire dégommé
Fonctionnaire dégommé

$40

Reporter

Racontras
(Reporter)

$40

6.25 x 9.25 inches

some foxing, grubbiness in margins

 

This is the entire collection available from this series.

Below is a similar humorous French caricature.

 

The hand-colored lithograph below is not from the same source as the above prints.
It has been attributed to Edmé-Jean Pigal, from Mouers parisiennes (Parisian Manners), published in 1828.

"From the late 1820's to the late 1830's, he (Pigal) produced numerous lithographs caricaturing contemporary customs and social types, in which he ridiculed the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie and the vulgarity of the lower classes.
His favorite characters were the street urchins of Paris, servants, coachmen and doormen, and lecherous old men."

— Beatrice Farwell, in The Charged Image: French Lithographic Caricature, 1816-1848,
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1989, p. 127.

 

Rival Queans [sic]
(Rival Queens)

Size: approx. 7.25 x 6 inches
Condition: Fair/Good— corner wear and damage; title is adhered to front of print; back of print shows evidence of prior mounting (glue spots in corners on back of print); smudges and stray watercolor paint or lithographers ink in upper left corner.

$125