Robert Macaire magnetiseur. Caricaturana 88.
Daumier, Honore (illus). Philipon.
Paris. Aubert. [ 1833].
Lithograph on sheet 13 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches, handcolored with gum arabic finish, paper tabs on verso from being matted, very light toning to paper, very good condition with bright color. The fictional character of Robert Macaire the archetypal swindler and villain is here portrayed as a hypnotist, the color lithograph by Honore Daumier being number 88 of the 100 lithographs of the Philipon publication "Caricaturana." The images were first published in Philipon's newspaper Le Charivari and collected in this publication. In these handcolored lithographs the skill of the caricaturist (Daumier) and the lithographer (Philipon) combine to create beautiful images with a cutting edge. The Brandeis Institutional Repository provides the following translation of the French text beneath the image: "Here is an excellent subject... for hypnosis... Certainly ! there is no connection between us, I do not have the honor of knowing Mademoiselle de St. Bertrand and you will see gentlemen, the effect of sleepwalking... (in her sleep Mademoiselle de St. Bertrand gives diagnoses on everyone's diseases, advocates hidden underground treasures and gives investment advice to Mozart paper company, in gold mines and a host of other very fine operations). Item #56222