Date of Work
Initialed in the lithographic stone.
Gift from the estate of Lilly Jacobson
Art & Design Study Collection
Stored: Lilly Jacobson Collection Box 1
UND Art Collections Office, Hughes Fine Arts Center
Series: La Caricature
Published in La Cariacture
Original text: Très bien! très bien! vous vous êtes parfaitement conduits! l'on va vous diriger sur Beaulieu, sur Poissy, sur Bicêtre, je suis content de vous.
This print, which is based on real events, illustrates Daumier’s views on the justice system and its unfairness toward political prisoners. King Louis Phillippe, who is rendered pear-shaped by the artist, praises three chained prisoners for their help in putting out a fire at the Saint-Michel prison in Toulouse, France. Although they expected to be released as a reward for their good services, they were instead merely transferred to another prison.
Included in the Daumier III: Law, Medicine, and Social Satire exhibition.