Gavarni (Guillaume Sulpice Chevalier). 1804-1886.
N' y a pas de doute, mon Président, qu'àma place vous n'auriez pas abimé, comme c't homme là vous !...." ( There is no doubt, my President, that in my place you would not have wrecked, like that, that man near you! ... ")
Justice avocat. (Justice Lawyer). Series: MASQUES ET VISAGES. Bohêmes (Bohemians), number 13.
The series Masques et visages was published in 1857 by Paulin et Lechevalier, Paris. Printed sur blanc.
Original lithograph: 7 1/4 x 6 3/8 (sheet 15 3/8 x 11 1/8.
Original lithographic stone: 13 x 9 3/4 x 1 1/2.
Lithographer, draughtsman on wood, engraver and caricaturist, known as Paul Gavarni. Studied mechanical drawing at the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers in Paris in 1818. In 1833 he founded the 'Journal des Gens du Monde', which failed and led him to prison because he could not pay his creditors. After prison, Gavarni made some drawings for wood-engravings for book illustrations and started to draw theatrical costumes. In 1837 he worked for Philipon's 'Le Charivari' and created the feminine counterpart of Daumier's 'Robert Macaire'. This led him to focus on the observation of feminine types of the Parisian society (the series 'Les Lorettes' was very successful).