Paris: Delpech, 1840. Item #04952
Rare Collaboration Between Frédéric Bouchot and Henri Monnier
BOUCHOT, Frédéric. [&] MONNIER, Henri. [Caricatures Sans Titre - 1840]. [Paris, n.d., ca. 1840].
Oblong quarto (9 1/8 x 12 3/8 inches; 231 x 315 mm). Rare suite of eight hand-colored lithographed plates, mounted on stubs. Four by Frédéric Bouchot and four by Henri Monnier, all lithographed by Bernard. Some light foxing to the first plate, otherwise near fine.
Bound ca. 1840 in quarter red calf over marbled boards, smooth spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers. With the printed book-plates of Paul Gavault (1866-1951) and F.M. Caye on front paste-down.
1. "Enfin c'est la vertu personnifiée" Finally it is virtue personified (Monnier, Henri)
2. "Grace à la Dotel" Thanks to old fool (Bouchot, Frédéric)
3. "Madame est mon épouse et non ma fille" Madame its my wife, not my daughter (Monnier, Henri)
4. "Madame perd sa tournure" Madame loses her turn (Monnier, Henri)
5. "Mon ami, c'est une envie de femme grosse" My friend, it's a fat woman's desire (Bouchot, Frédéric)
6. "Mon cher il faut se faire un état dans le monde" My dear, must make a statement in the world (Monnier, Henri)
7. "On lit le Roman… Madame est sortie!" We read the Roman… Madame is out! (Bouchot, Frédéric)
8. "Une consultation mise à profit" A consultation put to good use (Bouchot, Frédéric) A doctor takes a patient's pulse while another patient sticks out his tongue for diagnosis. (An example of this lithograph is held by U.S. The National Library of Medicine).
Frederic Bouchot (1798-1860) was a leading French lithographic caricaturist and illustrator, who regularly contributed his art to such publications as "Le Charivari", "La Caricature" and "Journal pour rire". He also collaborated on individually published albums with such artists as Daumier and Morin. Known primarily for his depictions of musical subjects and domestic scenes.
Henry Monnier (1799-1877) was a leading French caricaturist and satirical artist of the early nineteenth century, who entered the civil service at the age of sixteenth. Completely bored with his duties as a clerk he entered the atelier of Baron Gros several years later. A gifted actor, Henry Monnier entertained his fellow students with numerous impersonations, including that of his artistic master, who, when notified, quickly expelled him from his studio. Henry Monnier's real artistic training came from his frequent visits to Paris print shops where he saw the contemporary work of British satirists, most notably George Cruikshank and Thomas Rowlandson. Henry Monnier, in fact, was living in London as early as 1825 and formed a strong friendship with Cruikshank. Henry Monnier returned to Paris in 1827. During the next three years he produced some of his finest sets of lithographs depicting and satirizing the manners and customs of the period. These include, Equisses parisiennes, Les Grisettes, Moeurs administratives and Voyage en Angleterre. In the early 1830's Henry Monnier contributed political caricatures to Charles Philipon's La Caricature. Although he continued his lithographic art into the 1850's, much of his time was now engaged by another pursuit. In 1831 Henry Monnier made his debut as an actor in La Famille improvisee, a play which he co-authored. Henry Monnier retired from the stage around 1860.
The Golden Age of French satirical art is generally held to be the era from 1830 to 1850. The lithographs published by the Paris journal, "Le Charivari", were at the center. Founded by the artist, writer and editor, Charles Philipon (1804-1862), "Le Charivari" commenced its daily publication in 1832. By means of both its art and commentaries this journal led the attack upon France's political leaders, royalty, priesthood, and any other possibly corrupt individuals and institutions. Artists Philipon commissioned for satirical lithographs included such masters as Daumier, Gavarni and Travies. Many more great artists, however, contributed original lithographs to the publication which today comprise a wonderful resource of French life and humor from this long past age.
Paul Gavault (1866-1951) the celebrated Parisian dramatist, playwright and former director of the Theatre de l'Odeon. Gavault also wrote the preface for Kirkor Gumuchian's (1886-1949) Les Livres de L'Enfance du XVe au XIXe Siècle (1930).
Beraldi, Les Graveurs du XIXe siècle, II, p. 169; Grand-Carteret, p.625.