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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Caricatures of salons and artists
    Date (inclusive): 1785-1910
    Number: 920048
    Physical Description: 720.0 items
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Caricatures of salons and artists, 1785-1910 Approximately 720 caricatures, most taken from French journals, but also some prints and original drawings. Items parody various aspects of French culture: the Parisian salons and other art exhibitions; current events and society; and art, literary, and political figures.
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    Language: Collection material is in French

    Historical Note

    By the 19th century, caricature in France had become a highly evolved form of public discourse about famous figures (politicans, artists and writers, etc.) and the events of the day. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, French periodicals such as La vie parisienne, Le journal amusant, Le petit journal pour rire and Le charivari became well-known for the caricatures they published. Caricaturists (many of whom published under pseudonyms) themselves became public figures.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Caricatures of salons and artists, 1785-1910, Research Library, Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 920048

    Acquisition Information

    Collection formed by the repository through several different acquisitions.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This artificial collection, assembled by the repository, contains approximately 720 French caricatures of the Parisian salons and other exhibitions, artists and art world types, literary figures, politicians and current events. Most of the caricatures are from the 19th century.
    Most caricatures are on sheets from disbound journals, such as La vie parisianne, Le journal amusant, Le petit journal pour rire , and Le charivari. Caricaturists include Bertall, Cham, Daumier, Gavarni, Gill, Grévin, Mars, Nadar, Stop (pseudonym for Morel-Retz) and others. The collection includes a few prints and 12 original drawings, of which some are sketches by Grévin.
    Among the artists caricatured are Carpeaux, Corot, Courbet, the architect Charles Garnier, Gérome, Ingres, Manet, the photographer Nadar, and Seurat. Other caricatures portray art critics, collectors, dealers, and the art viewing public. In addition to caricaturing artists and art events (especially the salons), the drawings also parody French literary figures (including Champfleury and Edmond About), politicans, and events such as the development of photography and construction of the Eiffel Tower. There is also one folder containing caricatures of caricaturists.
    The journals in this collection often contain several caricatures relating to a number of subjects. For cataloging purposes, however, the citation for a journal may list only one caricature title. In some cases a listing of additional subjects has been attempted, but these listings are not considered exhaustive. Further investigation on the part of the researcher is therefore strongly encouraged.
    (cut) = Indicates that the item has been cut from its original journal, and that pertinent information may therefore be missing. Many of these cut items are mounted on paper.

    Arrangement note

    The prints are arranged in 3 series: Series I. Caricatures of salon exhibitions, 1785-1910; Series II. Caricatures of artists and other subjects, 1821-1910; Series III. Original drawings, undated

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    About, Edmond, 1828-1885
    Carpeaux, Jean Baptiste, 1827-1875
    Castagnary, 1830-1888
    Champfleury, 1821-1889
    Claretie, Jules, 1840-1913
    Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille, 1796-1875
    Courbet, Gustave, 1819-1877
    Doré, Gustave, 1832-1883
    Garnier, Charles, 1825-1898
    Gérôme, Jean Léon, 1824-1904
    Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique, 1780-1867
    Manet, Édouard, 1832-1883
    Nadar, Paul, 1856-1939
    Seurat, Georges, 1859-1891

    Subjects - Topics

    French wit and humor
    French wit and humor--Periodicals
    Political Satire--Periodicals

    Subjects - Places

    Paris (France)--Intellectual life
    Paris (France)--Social life and customs--Caricatures and cartoons
    Paris (France)--Social life and customs--Humor
    Paris (France)--Social life and customs--Periodicals

    Subjects - Titles

    Journal amusant Le Charivari Le Journal pour rire

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Caricatures--France--19th century
    Drawings--France--19th century
    Lithographs--France--19th century
    Prints--France--19th century


    Bertall, 1820-1882
    Cham, 1819-1879
    Daumier, Honoré, 1808-1879
    Gavarni, Paul, 1804-1866
    Gill, André, 1840-1885
    Grévin, Alfred, 1827-1892
    Hadol, Paul, 1835-1875
    Mars, 1849-1912
    Morel-Retz, Louis Pierre Gabriel Bernard, 1825-1899
    Nadar, Félix, 1820-1910
    Pelcoq, Jules
    Robida, Albert, 1848-1926