Philipon’s La Caricature and the Street

Main Gallery

Projected ShadowsJ.J. Grandville , Projected Shadows , 1830 , in La Caricature, no. 2, November 11, 1830. Lithograph, hand-colored. Courtesy of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University.

Charles Philipon’s scathing and scandalous journal La Caricature first appeared in 1830 and ran until 1835, when government censorship presented too many obstacles to continue publication. This exhibition, curated by Northwestern University students Alison Fisher and Charlotte Wong under the direction of Hollis Clayson, professor of art history and Martin J. and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professor, presented a selection of caricatures from Philipon’s publication examining Parisian street and political life.

The complete accessibility of the street to all of the city’s inhabitants provided the meeting ground for rich and poor, republican and royalist, aristocrat and bourgeois. Artists and intellectuals recognized the increasing importance of the Parisian street to the functioning and character of the city and began to view it as a personality in its own right. Caricaturists seized upon the satiric potential of the street as an arena for public interaction, entertainment, and political commentary. The works in this exhibition were drawn from the holdings of Northwestern’s Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collection.

This exhibition was presented as a companion to Comic Art: The Paris Salon in Caricature and Political Currents across the Channel: James Gillray's Caricatures of France.