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Public and Private Life of Animals, by J. J. Grandville, 1877

Original steel-engravings with hand-colour.
Published 1877; London, S. Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington.

£85 each

Originally published in 1842 for Scènes de la vie privée et publique des animaux these prints are based on the drawings of the famed French caricaturist J. J. Grandville. Born Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard, Gradville; he fought on the barricades during the revolution of 1830 which dethroned Charles X, the last Bourban king. It was during this period that his cartoons appeared in Le Charivari and Le Caricature two of the most famous satirical journals of the time, but in 1835 they were suppressed by the government of Louis-Philippe. This event extinguished his income and means of political expression, but forced him to start making a living by book illustration. The ‘Public and Private Life of Animals’ allowed him to criticise society and its effect on individuals through one of the oldest narrative types, the animal fable. His caricaturist’s skills to combined human and animal characteristics to give him the expression what was not permissible in but was perfectly acceptable if the material was presented as being in some way humorous or satirical.
Dimensions: 30cm (11¾") High, 21cm (8¼") Wide, 3cm (1¼") Deep
Stock code: P00843 O
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