The grand staircase of the Palais de Justice: View of Faces, 1848

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Gift of Mrs. Charles C. Bovey, 1924expand_more  P.9,476

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Daumier had little love of lawyers. He created 39 lithographs between 1845 and 1848 that address what he saw as the double-dealing and amorality of France's legal profession. This image, set on the grand staircase of the law courts, shows two self-satisfied barristers in all their glory.

Details
Title
The grand staircase of the Palais de Justice: View of Faces
Artist Life
1808-1879
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.9,476
Provenance
Sarah Bernhardt, Paris (until d. 1923; her sale, part 2, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, July 23, 1923, part of 27 albums in no. 723). [Weyhe Gallery, New York, until 1924; sold 27 albums, for $600, to Bovey for MIA]; Mrs. Charles C. Bovey, Minneapolis (1924; gave 27 albums to MIA)
Catalogue Raisonne
L.D.1372 iii/iii; H-D 1883
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