Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

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Date of Work

1859

Medium

Lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Height

11 1/2"

Width

11 1/2"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: FF_010_D

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Additional Information

Quelle nouvelle dans le journal?.... 1859

English: - Any news in the papers?

- They just said they have seen some crocodiles in Rouen swimming up the Seine!

- Damn it... they surely must have arrived in Paris already... and I was just about to go swimming.

Lithograph, published in Le Charivari, initialed in the lithographic stone

Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations

University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection

While this image could be interpreted as a satire on the hazards of swimming in the Seine, it is also lambasting Parisian newspapers, which were infamous for printing “canards,” or false news stories, as a way of maintaining readership on slow news days.

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