Paris: Au Bureau du Journal Les Modes Parisiennes, 1856. Item #05465
Twelve Fine Hand-Colored Engraved Plates Showing the Fashionable Women of Paris in the 1850's
GAVARNI [pseudonym of Guillaume Sulpice Chevallier]. Douze Nouveaux Travestissements. Gravés sur acier par Portier. Paris: Au Bureau du Journal Les Modes Parisiennes, 1856.
Folio (13 1/2 x 10 inches; 343 x 254 mm.). Lithograph title-page and twelve fine hand-colored engraved costume plates depicting the women of Paris in theater costume, all interleaved with tissue guards. The plates are engraved by Adolphe Portier.
Publisher's dark blue patterned cloth over boards, covers bordered in gilt, front cover lettered in gilt. Inner hinges cracked but sound, otherwise a near fine copy.
Paul Gavarni (1804-1866). "A French artist best known for his lithographs, Paul Gavarni (née Chevalier Suplice Guillaume) was born in Paris on January 13, 1804. Throughout his lifetime Gavarni produced over 4000 satirical prints for journals and fashion magazines. Both delicately witty and elegantly revealing of human behavior and character, Gavarni's genre scenes made him one of the most important and popular nineteenth-century artists. He is often critically paired with Honoré Daumier with whom he (and other young printmakers like Jean-Jacques Grandville and Joseph Traviés) raised the status and importance of social lithography and printmaking as an art form…
Colas, 1198; Not in Armelhault & Bocher, or Bobins.