Vous Avez la Parole (You’re Free to Speak)

Honore Daumier (1808-79), You’re Free to Speak (Vous avez la parole), 1834, plate number 490, from La Caricature; Daumier Register 116, only state (rare); in generally satisfactory condition, the top trimmed close to the letters, toning, staining, various defects; 9 1/4 x 11 1/8, the sheet 10 3/8 x 14 inches, unmatted.

A good impression of this great rarity.

Provenance: George Longstreet, with his initial stamp recto (Lugt 4750).

Note and Translation from the Daumier Register:

Following the massacre of Rue Transnonain on April 13-14, 1834, a total of 121 legal cases were launched against the participating revolutionaries. Because of the political bias of the legal system, most of the defenders did not participate in the hearings, which they considered to be a legal farce. In the end 9 defendants were acquitted, 28 had escaped in time, while the rest were either deported or sentenced from 2 to 20 years of prison.

Original Text:
… Vous avez la parole, expliquez-vous, vous etes libre!


Speak up…. you are free to express yourself!