GAVARNI (Paul Sulpice Guillaume Chevalier, called) 1804-66:

La lanterne magique ,

Lithograph, 1854. Armelhaut & Bocher 1673, first state of two before publication in Les artistes anciens et modernes
Provenance: Felix Braquemond, according to a pencil notation in the margin.

A very fine impression on chine appliqué on wove. Scattered pale foxing at the edges of the wide margins, otherwise in very good condition. 280 x 216mm.

In addition to the many caricatures Gavarni drew, his social commentary could be trenchant and sympathetic, as in the case of the weary magic lantern projectionist carrying his heavy burden home at the end of the day. Gavarni’s superb draughtsmanship and use of the rich, oily blacks available in lithography place him among the best mid-century practitioners of the medium.