L’OEIL DU MAÎTRE (The Master’s Eye)

Honore Daumier (1808-1879), L’OEIL DU MAÎTRE, lithograph, 1842, published in Le Charivari in 1842. Reference: Daumier Register 681, second state (of 3). From the series Moeurs Conjugales, plate 58. In good condition (remains of prior hinging verso), a sur blanc impression, on sturdy wove paper without the letterpress verso, 11 x 8, 13 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches.

A very good impression of this curious subject.

The indispensible  Daumier Register notes that “The comedy “L’Oeil de Verre” (The glass eye) was written by M. Léon and first shown in the Vaudeville Theatre on September 15, 1840.”

Here is the translation of the text from the Daumier Register:

Original Text:
– Bichette! en voilà un scélérat qui a fait des victimes! mais nous sommes bien sage à présent….
– Chacun son tour Mr. Picquet, chacun son tour.


– Darling! Just look at this scoundrel who had his share of conquests! but now we have calmed down…
– Each in his turn, Mr. Picquet, each in his turn.