Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

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Date of Work

1843

Medium

Lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Collection/Provenance

University Art Collections: Lilly Jacobson Collection, Art & Design Dept.

Status

Displayed

Location

UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center

Additional Information

Series: La Comédie Humaine

Published in Le Charivari

Original text: Ai-je besoin d'éloquence, devant un juge si haut placé, aussi familiarisé avec la forme qu'avec le fond, et qui par sa position, sera toujours à la tête de l'humanité.

Here Daumier portrays a lawyer practicing a court presentation before a make-believe judge—created by placing a hat on a broomstick. His argument before the court will focus on flattering the judge, rather than presenting evidence, to win his case.

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

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