Original Signed Grandville French Engraving 'Courtship' 1854.
A fine Antique Engraving by renowned French caricature artist JJ Grandville (1803-1847), from his Les Metamorphosis du Jour series edited by Gustave Havard, Paris 1854.
Entitled 'Courtship' it depicts a group of dogs waiting outside a modish dress shop. A well dressed feline watches them through the window.
This is one of Grandville's more 'earthy' and controversial caricatures, highlighting the realities of life on the streets of Paris. One of the dogs is obviously 'relieving' himself against a wall, while a disgruntled resident above is about to pour her slops bucket over him. Another gent, well cloaked against the cool evening air, investigates something 'nasty' with his cane. The caption reads.."When one waits for ones lovely"
Les Metamorphosis du Jour were delightful drawings of individuals with the bodies of men and the faces of animals. They were to be found doing common daily human activities. First published in 1828 they were the first JJ Grandville works to gain fame.
Measuring 10" x 6 1/2" the engraving is signed in the plate lower left and is number XLIX in the series. It is an original engraving from 1854 and not a modern reproduction. As such it is in very fine Antique condition
"This engraving stands as both a beautiful and scarce example of Victorian caricature art" Claude Reyberat~Catalogue Bibliographique et Biographique~Paris, 1985.
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