A Fair Exchange

Honore Daumier (1808-1879), [A Fair Exchange], hand colored lithograph, from the series Robert Macaire, 1836-38, published in Le Charivari and also separately sur blanc. Daumier Register 357, third state (of 3), 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. The matrix in adequate condition but with stains, a tear lower right (in margin), stains in margins, soft folds, other defects.

A good impression, the colors vivid.


From the Daumier Register:

Original Text:
Robert Macaire Escompteur.
Voici mes conditions : Vous me ferez une lettre de change de 40,000 f. je vous donnerai 25 f. argent 3000 f. de moutarde blanche et de soques articules 3000 f. de pommes de terre frites, – une roue de cabriolet deux vaches quatre actions du Physionotype et un quintal de connaissances utiles.. Je nai pas dautres valeurs en portefeuille, mais cela vaut de lor.


Robert Macaire, discount broker.
Here are my conditions. You make me out a bill of exchange for 40’000 Fr. and I’ll give you 25 Fr. in cash, 3’000 Fr. worth of white mustard and articulated clogs, 3’000 Fr. worth of chips, a carriage wheel, two cows, four shares in Physionotype and a quintal of useful facts… I don’t have any other assets in hand, but these are worth their weight in gold.