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Provenance: Peter Morse(Honolulu, d. 1992) (no collector’s mark); R.E. Lewis Inc.;
Subject of lithograph refers to the massacre of an entire family on 15 April 1834, when authorities broke into an apartment in the Marais in search of a sniper and murdered all the inhabitants.
This was the last in a series of 24 lithographs, the last five of which were by Daumier, printed for subscribers to L’Association Mensuelle Lithographique, formed by Charles Philipon to raise money to pay the fines levied against him and his publication, La Caricature.
TREASURES95, cat. no. 98
Museum purchase, Herman Michels Collection, Vera Michels Bequest Fund
CPLH, TREASURES, 11 Nov 1995 - 3 March 1996.
University Art Museum, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1994.
dead bodies on the floor, a bed and overturned chair (massacre by police or militia in an apartment in the Marais district of Paris)
Four bodies are sprawled on the bloodstained floor: a woman at the left, a white-haired balding man at the right, and a young man in the center. And under the young man's body can be seen the head and arms of a tiny child. An armchair is tipped over, and the sheets are pulled off the bed. The young man at least is wearing nightclothes and the woman is also barefoot; something terrible has happened at night, on the 15th of April, 1834. (Virginia K. Anderson 02/13/95)