Resurrection de la Censure - J. J. GRANDVILLE
J. J. GRANDVILLE
Lithograph, 1832, Beraldi 11; edition unknown. 8 5/8 x 10 1/2 in. Signed on the stone. This is a fine impression in very good condition. The margins are wide and the condition is very good. This work was assisted by Eugene Forest (b. 1808) whose signature also appears on the stone. As published in "La Caricature," No. 62, Plate 125, the story is as follows: The Official censor, D'Argout, depicted as the anti-Christ, rises from his tomb which is a box of bureaucratic records. He clutches a huge pair of scissors while the figure of the constitution sleeps. As a result of this and other satirical images, Charles Philipon, the editor, was arrested. Copies of this publication were seized by the public prosecutor. (J. J. Grandville is the pseudonym of Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard.) This is an outstanding example of early French caricature in the medium that best suited it; lithography.
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