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Honoré Daumier's "The New St. Sebastian" Political Cartoon Clipping (Le Charivari, 1849)


Honoré Daumier (1808-1879), master of French satire in the 19th century, "The New St. Sebastian," 1849. This is a political cartoon making fun of Louis-Desire Veron as St. Sebastian. From satirical French magazine Le Charivari. Newsprint paper clipping.

Who is the small man with the oddly placed quiver shooting the corpulent and usually poshly peripatetic Doctor who uncharacteristically dons a Plebian hat? Why this is Le Docteur Veron, founder of two papers called Revue de Paris and Le Constitutionel - both crucial to the election of Bonaparte.

Here Bonaparte is depicted as St. Sebastian, the patron saint of archers (for obvious reasons), soldiers, the plague stricken, and... athletes? Was Daumier hinting at something else? There must be more to this story... Le Charivari was a French daily satirical magazine, the title meaning a ritualistic roast of someone to celebrate a marriage. 

This political cartoon clipping measures 11.25 x 8 inches and weighs less than 1/2 oz. 

In the image above, we have juxtaposed it with Bernard de Montfaucon's Balistes (Crossbows) from L'Antiquité expliquée et representée, Vol IV: Qui comprend la guerre, les ponts, les aqueducs, la navigation, les phares & les tours octogones published in Paris in 1719.  We have since framed five prints from Montfaucon's book into a lovely wall decor series.

We have a certain love for St. Sebastian and you can read more about him in our blog "Unremembered Saints."


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