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Title

Here, gentlemen, is what we are honoured to be able to show every day


Artist

Charles-Joseph Traviès de Villers

France

1804 - 1859


About

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.


Details


Alternative title

Voici Messieurs, ce que nous avons l'honneur d'exposer journellement


Date

1834


Media category

Print


Materials used

lithograph


Dimensions

33.6 x 45.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1988


Location

Not on display


Accession number

490.1988


Artist information

Charles-Joseph Traviès de Villers

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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