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Robert Macaire Dentiste Daumier lithograph dentist Philipon

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Robert Macaire Dentiste


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Original antique medical print


Plate 57 from the Robert Macaire "Caricaturana" series. 'Confound it Mr. Dentist, you have pulled out two good teeth and have left the two bad ones' Robert Macaire (aside) 'The devil' (aloud) 'No doubt and for good reasons, there is always time to extract the bad ones ; as to the others, they would have decayed and caused you pain. A false set will never make you suffer, and it is of a better kind ; people wear nothing but that now'. From a series of lithographs that show the character Robert Macaire in a variety of guises. Macaire, originally a character in a play, is a swindler who takes on a number of professions such as journalist, librarian and so on, always ruthlessly pursuing personal gain. Macaire's character symbolised the mood in France at the time of the July Monarchy of the 1830s and 1840s, when wealthy financiers and company owners dominated politics and looked after their own interests at the expense of others. In this print, Macaire is in the guise of a dentist. There is some discolouration at the bottom of the sheet.

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artist Honore Daumier after Charles Philipon
method Lithograph
date 1837
size 325mm by 255mm (sheet)
SKU MD6906