Robert Macaire (second series plate 5) Reglement de Comptes by Honore Daumier

Robert Macaire (second series plate 5) Reglement de Comptes by Honore Daumier

Robert Macaire (second series plate 5) Reglement de Comptes

Honore Daumier

Title

Robert Macaire (second series plate 5) Reglement de Comptes

 
Artist

Honore Daumier

  1808 - 1897 (biography)
Year
1841  
Technique
hand-colored lithograph printed "sur blanc" 
Image Size
8 1/2 x 7 5/8" image 
Signature
 
Edition Size
 
Annotations
Par Daumier & Philipon in lower left 
Reference
D. 870 
Paper
ivory wove 
State
 
Publisher
Chez Bauger; published in Le Charivari in February 1841 
Inventory ID
15465 
Price
$500.00 
Description

The charlatan character "Robert Macaire" was based on the melodrama "L'Auberge des Adrets" and was adapted to print by Charivari publisher Philipon. Daumier did a series of prints based on his exploits.

The text reads: "Monsieur de Macaire, allow me to note that I find your accounts amazing. For a spy, who was charged to keep the prince posted on the daily news: 120'000 francs. For an uprising, which never took place, 35'000 francs. Salaries for various persons, party members of the prince, 370'000, 15 f. 525'000, 15 - What do you mean, Duke, that you are surprised, you surely must know that ascending the throne is not as easy as descending it. Wrong, Duke, completely wrong. You are not up to date."