An image of Here, gentlemen, is what we are honoured to be able to show every day

Charles-Joseph Traviès de Villers

(France 1804 – 1859)

Here, gentlemen, is what we are honoured to be able to show every day

Location
Not on display
Further information

The setting is a picture gallery densely hung with paintings, the subjects of which are all variations on a pear shape. This fruit was repeatedly used by caricaturists as the image of Louis-Philippe. It alluded to the king’s jowly face and body shape. Caricaturists also exploited the double meaning of the French word ‘poire’, which means both pear and imbecile. The crowd of portly onlookers are all Louis-Philippe in various disguises.

Year
1834
Media
Print
Medium
lithograph
Dimensions
33.6 x 45.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1988
Accession number
490.1988