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Print - Robert Macaire Dentiste
  • Robert Macaire Dentiste
    Daumier, Honoré, born 1808 - died 1879
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Robert Macaire Dentiste

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, printed)

  • Date:

    1837 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Daumier, Honoré, born 1808 - died 1879 (artist)
    Bouvenne, Edward (water-colourist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case ES, shelf 131

This print by Honoré Daumier is from a series of lithographs that show the character Robert Macaire in a variety of guises. Macaire, originally a character in a play, is a swindler who takes on a number of professions such as journalist, librarian and so on, always ruthlessly pursuing personal gain. Macaire's character symbolised the mood in France at the time of the July Monarchy of the 1830s and 1840s, when wealthy financiers and company owners dominated politics and looked after their own interests at the expense of others. In this print, Macaire is in the guise of a dentist. This print was a working document, coloured by the artist and printer Edward Bouvenne, that was to provide an example for other colourists to follow.

Physical description

Caricature of Robert Macaire as a Dentist. Colour tests in the margin for hand colouring. Inscribed in two margins 'Bouvenne' and 'Modele de la Grande Collection de 1839 ce 10 Obre 1838'.

Place of Origin

France (probably, printed)


1837 (printed)


Daumier, Honoré, born 1808 - died 1879 (artist)
Bouvenne, Edward (water-colourist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Bouvenne/ Modele de la Grande Collection de 1839 ce 10 Obre 1838'
Textual information; in margin; inscribed


Height: 21.5 cm, Width: 23 cm

Descriptive line

Honoré Daumier; 'Robert Macaire Dentiste', lithograph, 1837

Labels and date

Most of Daumier’s prints were caricatures satirising contemporary French society and politics. He used the fictional character Robert Macaire in various guises – professor, doctor, banker and dentist – to embody the greed and corruption at the heart of Parisian political life. This proof has been hand-painted with watercolours as a model for the colourists in the printer’s workshop to copy.

Subjects depicted

Satire; Dentist


Prints; Caricatures & Cartoons


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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