Les Mannequins Politiques


Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Les Mannequins Politiques, lithograph, 1834. Reference: Daumier Register 96, first state (of 2), on wove paper (no lettering verso).Published in La Caricature, 11/20/1834. In good condition, slight soiling at outer edges, with wide margins,  9 1/2 x 10 1/2, the sheet 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 inches.

Provenance:  ex Collection: Vouay, S. Mme (Lugt 2373c, with the red stamp lower right recto)

Here is the explanation of this print, and translation,  unabashedly taken verbatim from the invaluable online Daumier Register (with my continuing indebtedness and thanks to Lilian and Dieter Noack):

Two persons, the King and de Rigny (or Dupin?) are holding straw puppets. The caption says: “This game only lasted three days”. The King is holding Marshall Gérard, playing the old political game of shaking straw men at each other. Between July 1834 and March 1835, Louis-Philippe was unable to form a stable government. A provisional government was formed, which lasted only three days.

Original Text:
Les Mannequins Politiques.
Ce jeu n’a duré que trois jours.

Political puppets.
The game has lasted only three days.