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        Series 'Actualites', the comet, Parisiens incredules, plate 394, illustration from 'Le Charivari', 1st May 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; 'Parisiens incredules aux rassurantes affirmations de Mr Babinet et persistant a guetter la terrible comete'; 'The Parisians don't quite trust the assurances of Monsieur Babinet and insist on lying in wait for the comet'; Jacques Babinet (1794-1872) was a French physicist, mathematician and astronomer; Provenance: Marcel Lecomte Collection, Paris, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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