Publisher / Artist : DAUMIER, H.
Title : AU CAFÉ D'AGUESSEAU. En attendant l'audience, Démosthène déjeune aux frais du client, le bifteck aux pommes pousse à l'éloquence…
Published : Paris, 1848
Size : 245 x 210mm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.
Condition : Lithography printed on white wove paper without text on the verso. Some minor spotting in lower margin. Good impression. Size of paper : 330 x 250mm.
Third state (of 3), with text, numbered 23. From "Les Gens de Justice", published " Chez Auber & Cie, Pl. de la Bourse,29". Text below image : AT THE CAFÉ D'AGUESSEAU. While awaiting the hearing, this Demosthenes happily dines at the expense of his client. Steak and fries are known to greatly increase his eloquence in Court.
The Café D'Aguesseau shown in this picture was a culinary meeting point of the lawyers working at the Palais de Justice. During the reconstruction of Paris under Haussmann it disappeared to make space for a new Boulevard du Palais.
Around the mid-1840s Daumier started publishing his famous caricatures depicting members of the legal profession, known as 'Les Gens de Justice', a scathing satire about judges, defendants, attorneys and corrupt, greedy lawyers in general. A number of extremely rare albums appeared on white paper, covering 39 different legal themes, of which 37 had previously been published in the Charivari. It is said that Daumier's own experience as an employee in a bailiff's office during his youth may have influenced his rather negative attitude towards the legal profession.
Known chiefly as a political and social satirist, Honoré DAUMIER (1808-1879) used the printmaking process of lithography, still relatively new at the time, to contribute cartoons and caricatures to French news weeklies.