Here, gentlemen, is what we are honoured to be able to show every day
Charles-Joseph Traviès de Villers
1804 - 1859
The setting is a picture gallery densely hung with paintings, the subjects of which are all variations on a pear shape. This fruit was repeatedly used by caricaturists as the image of Louis-Philippe. It alluded to the king’s jowly face and body shape. Caricaturists also exploited the double meaning of the French word ‘poire’, which means both pear and imbecile. The crowd of portly onlookers are all Louis-Philippe in various disguises.
Voici Messieurs, ce que nous avons l'honneur d'exposer journellement
33.6 x 45.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 1 publication
Nicholas Draffin, Citizen Artist - Daumier and his time, Sydney, 1991, 14. no catalogue numbers