Publisher / Artist : DAUMIER, H.
Title : Les Gens de Justice. - L'avocat qui se trouve mal - dernière ressource quand la cause est bien malade. (pl 30)
Published : Paris, 1845-1848
Size : 194 x 245mm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.
Condition : Lithography printed on white wove paper without text on the verso. Some minor spotting. Good impression. Size of paper : 250x330mm.
Third state (of 3), with letters, "l'avocat" (with small a). From "Les Gens de Justice". Text below image : - L'avocat qui se trouve mal - dernière ressource quand la cause est bien malade. (The lawyer becomes sick, a last resort when his case is beginning to also look sick).
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.