Title of Work
Date of Work
Initialed in the lithographic stone.
Art & Design Study Collection
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Felix Pyat. 1849
Lithograph, sur blanc impression without text, initialed in lithographic stone
Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations
University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection
When the lithograph appeared in the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari, it had a French caption added that translates into English as follows:
Convinced by the speech (that was) delivered by Felix Pyat in favour of the right to work, Daumier immediately assumed the right to work at the expense of the orator Montagnard.
Felix Pyat was a writer and active socialist politician who strongly advocated “the right to work” (which had a different political meaning than it does in the United States today). After the Revolution of 1848, which overthrew Louis Philippe, Pyat was a member of the Constituent Assembly, where he was aligned with the radical Montagnard faction.