(CARICATURE) Traviès de Villers, Charles-Joseph // L'homme a projeta. (Paris, ca. 1836)
From a series of lithographs published by Aubert around 1836 under the collective title Types français. This print (26 x 18 cm.) being number 3 in the series, with this copy expertly hand-coloured and heightened. Signed by Traviès within stone, with lengthy caption below print. Some foxing to margins from previous mat; presently re-set within archival mat and complementary wooden frame (43 x 35 cm.).
From the Swiss-born Charles-Joseph Traviès de Villers (1804-1859), one of the first wave of popular French caricaturists, of whom Baudelaire wrote: "He is the prince of the unfortunate. His muse is a nymph of the suburbs, pale and melancholy... He knows the scoundrel thoroughly, and he loves him with tender charity." Here, Traviès takes-the-piss out of the invention-hustler: "Il me manque que vingt cinq francs pour exécuter mon invention d'eclairage sans lumière."