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Friday 4 September 2020

Paul Gavarni’s pencil drawing, “Yes, but you will see the captain …”, c1850

Paul Gavarni (aka [nom de plume] Hippolyte Guillaume Sulpice Chevalier) (1804–1866)

“Yes, but you will see the captain …”, c1850, pencil study for the lithograph of the same title, plate 6 from the series of twenty plates, “Les Parents Terribles” (from the broader series, Masques et Visages” [Masks and Faces]), published in 1853 by Giasarni Librairie Nouvelle and printed by Lemercier (fl.1827–1899) in Paris.

See a trial proof of this lithograph at the Art Institute of Chicago; see also the published state (with other prints from the same series) showcased by Nestini in (tranl.) “Informative, helpful and non-tiring” (5 March, 2020):;

Pencil (graphite) on wove paper (presumably a sketchbook page based on the binding holes at left) with a hand-written pencil annotation at lower right: “— Les parent terribles —/ oui tu vas voir le capitaine venir et tarabuster/ le scelerat.” (“— terrible parents —/ yes you will see the captain come and give trouble to/ the miscreant”) and the number “6” at upper right corner (corresponding with the published plate number).

Size: (sheet) 26 x 21 cm.

Study for the lithograph: Mahérault & Bocher / Armelhault & Bocher 1425 (Marie Joseph François Mahérault & E Bocher 1873, “L'oeuvre de Gavarni: Lithographies originales et essais d'eau-forte et de procédés nouveaux: Catalogue raisonné”, Paris, Librairie des Bibliophiles, p. 367, cat. no. 1425; see: 

Condition: There is smudging and pale staining at lower right otherwise the sheet is in a very good condition with (sketchbook) binding holes on the left side.

I am selling this original preparatory pencil study for the sixth lithograph in the series, “Les Parents Terribles”,  executed by one of the most famous of the 19th century French illustrators, for AU$420 in total (currently US$303.54/EUR257.40/GBP230.11 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in this unique opportunity to acquire an artist’s original pencil study for a published print, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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