Mon Cher Ami


Honore Daumier (1808-1879),Mon Cher Ami, lithograph, 1838, plate 4 from the series CROQUIS D’EXPRESSIONS . Reference: Daumier Register 469, second state (of 2).  Published in Le Charivari in 1838; in the publication Musée pour Rire in 1839-40. In generally satisfactory condition, with binding holes along upper edge.

A relatively weak but still satisfactory impression, sur blanc on cream wove paper. We considered the possibility that this is from the Musée pour Rire publication of 150 caricatures, but unlike the reprints from that publication this impression has the title of the series at the top, and the printing at the bottom matches that of those published in Le Charivari.

Here is the translation from the Daumier Register:

Original Text:
Mon cher ami, je vous présente Monsieur *** une de nos célébrités artistiques……. – Monsieur, j’ai bien l’honneur……………

– My dear, let me introduce you to Monsieur *** one of our artistic celebrities…
– Monsieur, I have the great honour!