So you want to meddle with the press!, 1833

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Gift of Mrs. C.C. Bovey, 1924expand_more  P.7,986

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In this declaration of the power of caricature, a heroic printer crushes a figure in his lithographic press. While the victim is faceless, the wide jowls and umbrella give him away as King Louis-Philippe of France. Known as the "citizen-king," Louis-Philippe carried an umbrella rather than a scepter, a fact well-known to the French public. By 1833 Louis-Philippe had become an unpopular leader, incessantly vilified in the press by Daumier and numerous other caricaturists. This commanding image reveals that Daumier knew that he and his colleagues wielded considerable influence with their images.

Details
Title
So you want to meddle with the press!
Artist Life
1808-1879
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.7,986
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.71, H-D.259
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