Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

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Date of Work

1846

Medium

Lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Collection/Provenance

Gift from the estate of Lilly Jacobson.

Status

Stored: Lilly Jacobson Collection Box 17

Location

UND Art Collections Office, Hughes Fine Arts Center

Additional Information

Series:Les Gens de Justice

Published in Le Charivari

Original text: Ainsi donc, quoique j' vous avoue, entre nous, qu'cest moi qu'a volé la toquante au père Jérôme, vous n'mabandonnez pas pour ça!... - Eh! mon cher voleur.... vous connaissez bien mal mon coeur.... s'il n'y avait plus de filous il n'y aurait plus d'avocats..... maintenant que je suis bien certain que c'est vous qui avez fait le coup.... je plaiderai l'alibi!...

In this print, the lawyer takes an amoral approach to representing his client. Not being in any way troubled by his client’s admission to stealing a priest’s watch, he goes so far as to express gratitude to criminals for keeping him in business. He also has no problem with lying for his client by creating a false alibi to help him win the case.

Included in the Honoré Daumier III: Law, Medicine, and Social Satire exhibition, 2018.

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