To read more about the history and provenance of this unique sculpture, please go to the following link: to Index An important Daumier exhibition is taking place in Bellinzona, Switzerland, in the italian speaking canton Ticino: DAUMIER: ATTUALITÀ E VARIETÀ The exhibition features ca. However, in the case of DR39 those single sheet prints that had not yet been sold latest by August 27, 1832, were destroyed after the censor had prohibited publication and after Daumier had been arrested by the police.
Many collectors had not been aware of this auction. The print indicates that “LES BLANCHISSEURS“ is no.33 of the series “Caricatures Politiques” (called “Caricature Politique” from September 1833 onwards).
Thus this rarity went to its new owner at a relatively low price. The total of 83 lithographs from such series used to be printed as single sheet prints, also called “Feuilles Volantes”, without text verso, to be included in “LA CARICATURE” (and later in “LE CHARIVARI”), and for display and sale in Aubert’s print shop.
The specimens already conveyed to the public an idea about the look of the future Charivari.
We are not yet sure about the first date of appearance of these specimens, but can assume they were published between February and December 1, 1832 when the first Charivari edition came out.
One of our Daumier friends in Germany inspected volume I of “LE CHARIVARI” at the library of the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main that owns almost all Charivari volumes.
He discovered that the Frankfurt Charivari volume I also contains so called specimens nr.1 and nr.10 Both specimens indicate as date merely “Lundi…1832” but no date or month.The editor, Philipon, decided to create a less politically oriented newspaper, “LE CHARIVARI”, whose first edition appeared on December 1, 1832.In order to promote this forthcoming publication, Philipon published some 45 specimens (flyers) for collectors and the general public, each one with a caricature by different artists and accompanied by some advertisements to solicit interest and subscriptions.Already during his lifetime, Daumier complained about forgeries being offered on the market.As one might imagine, the number of imitations has increased over time and we are being contacted regularly from all over the world to issue authentications of drawings or paintings. We are trying to help our clients to save on the eventual expenses while complying with international Art standards. 23 Back to Index Most Daumier collectors are familiar with „LES BLANCHISSEURS“ (DR39), today one of the most cherished lithographs by Daumier.Back to Index A new novel about the life of British caricaturist Robert Seymour and the origins of Dickens’s Pickwick Papers.