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        Series 'Actualites', the comet, Ah! ma pauv' madame Chaffarou, plate 392, illustration from 'Le Charivari', 1857

        Daumier, Honore (1808-79); French. Medium: lithograph. Date: 1857. Serie 'News of the Day'; comet Charles-Quint predicted for 13th June 1857; expected to hit the earth; prophecy of the ending of the world; 'c'est decidement fini de nous, voila la comete qui arrive et le soleil qui s'en va'; 'Ah my dear madame Chaffarou, this surely must be the end, the comet is coming and the sun is going'; Provenance: Marcel Lecomte Collection, Paris, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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