Un Pecheur Endurci

Honore Daumier (1808-1879), Un Pecheur Endurci, lithograph, 1840-41, [with initials in the plate]. Reference: Daumier Register 815, third state (of 3), with the letters, Plate 1 from LA PCHE, in the published form in Caricature, a sur blanc impression, in very good condition, a few small stains, with margins, on wove paper, 10 1/2 x 8, the sheet 13 1/2 x 10 inches, archival matting.

A fine clear impression.

This is a sur blanc impression, printed in a small contemporaneous edition for collectors (probably 100-150 impressions only). This form of the print was and generally is preferred over the newprint impressions for a number of reasons the paper is better quality, one doesnt see newsprint through the image because theres no newsprint verso (thats why they call it sur blanc), and of course its just rarer than the newsprint editions and for all these reasons the sur blancs do have the drawback of being more costly than the newprint versions (although the price difference is minimal given the other differences).

Translation: A Dyed-in-the-Wool Fisherman