Honoré Daumier, ‘Panic of the Lilliputians’, 1851, Harris Schrank Fine Prints

Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Panic of the Lilliputians, lithograph, 1851, plate 158 from the series ACTUALITÉS, as published in LE CHARIVARI. Reference: Daumier Register 2120, second state (of 2), with letters (an impression before letters is very rare; the Daumier Register lists only one); a sur blanc impression (without the letterpress verso, on a strong wove paper). In good condition apart from a repair bottom left corner (possible replacement of corner or repaired tear) not affecting image; 10 x 10 7/8, the sheet 10 1/4 x 13 inches.

A very good impression.

Translation from the Daumier Register:

Original Text:
Une panique de Lilliputiens qui ont essayé de garotter le Suffrage universel pendant son sommeil.

Panic of the Lilliputians who had tried to suffocate universal suffrage in its sleep.


About Honoré Daumier

The “Michelangelo of caricature,” Honoré Daumier famously satirized France’s bourgeoisie and justice system, and masterfully exposed the misery of the masses through the emerging medium of lithography. Grotesque caricatures of government officials endeared him to the public, although one-too-many scathing renderings of King Louis-Philippe also landed him six months in prison. Thereafter, he stuck to the safer ground of deriding archetypal professionals such as doctors, professors, and especially lawyers and judges, whom he deemed cruel and pretentious. While his output of lithographs and illustrative drawings was most prodigious (circa 4,000 of each), Daumier also sculpted busts of members of parliament and painted religious and historical themes in the naturalist style, including many notable images of Don Quixote riding his horse. These late works were hardly recognized during his lifetime, yet are acclaimed today for their experimental techniques.

French, 1808-1879, Marseille, France, based in Valmondois, France

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