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An image of Here, gentlemen, is what we are honoured to be able to show every day by Charles-Joseph Traviès de Villers

Charles-Joseph Traviès de Villers

(France 1804 – 1859)

Title
Here, gentlemen, is what we are honoured to be able to show every day
Alternative title:
Voici Messieurs, ce que nous avons l'honneur d'exposer journellement
Year
1834
Media category
Print
Materials used
lithograph
Dimensions

33.6 x 45.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1988
Accession number
490.1988
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Nicholas Draffin, Citizen Artist - Daumier and his time, Sydney, 1991, 14. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (2)

Citizen Artist - Daumier and his time, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 1990–27 Jan 1991

Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009