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This means that DR39 was not only printed in single sheet form but was also used in connection with a specimen to promote the forthcoming CHARIVARI.
The censor’s ban and order to destroy DR39 applied not only to the single sheet prints but also to specimen prints.
The lithographs on page 3 differ but the printed texts on pages 1, 2 and 4 are identical.
The purpose of such specimens was as follows: Daumier collectors were well aware of the fact that because of censorship pressure LA CARICATURE was in financial difficulties.
One of our Daumier friends in Germany inspected volume I of “LE CHARIVARI” at the library of the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main that owns almost all Charivari volumes.
He discovered that the Frankfurt Charivari volume I also contains so called specimens nr.1 and nr.10 Both specimens indicate as date merely “Lundi…1832” but no date or month.
The specimens already conveyed to the public an idea about the look of the future Charivari.
As one might imagine, the number of imitations has increased over time and we are being contacted regularly from all over the world to issue authentications of drawings or paintings. We are trying to help our clients to save on the eventual expenses while complying with international Art standards. 23 Back to Index Most Daumier collectors are familiar with „LES BLANCHISSEURS“ (DR39), today one of the most cherished lithographs by Daumier.
As a consequence all specimens that had not yet left the printer’s premises were destroyed.