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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Honoré-Victorin Daumier, French (Marseille, France 1808-1879 Valmondois, France)
The Butcher
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Le Boucher
Work Type
c. 1860-1863
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor, black crayon, white chalk, and white gouache on cream wove paper
30 x 23.3 cm (11 13/16 x 9 3/16 in.)
Paul Bureau, Paris, before 1923, sold; [Bureau sale, May 20, 1927, lot 76]. [Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York]., sold; to Fogg Art Museum, 1927.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Independent Painters of Nineteenth Century Paris, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1935), no. 73

Winslow Ames, Drawings: Fourth Anniversary Exhibition, exh. cat., Lyman Allen Museum (New London, CT, 1936), introduction, cat. no. 147

Jacques Lassaigne, Daumier, William Heinemann, Ltd. (London, 1937), p. 100, repr.

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), no. 656, fig. 332

Masterpieces of 19th and 20th Century French Drawing from the Fogg Museum..., brochure, Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI, 1941), checklist no. 7

19th Century French Drawings, exh. cat., California Palace of the Legion of Honor (San Francisco, CA, 1947), no. 52 p. 38

Jean Adhémar, Daumier: Dessins et Aquarelles, Les Editions Braun & Cie. (Paris, 1954), p. 21, cat. no. 25, repr.

Agnes Mongan, De Clouet a Matisse: Dessins français des collections américaines, exh. cat., Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris, 1958), no. 102, pl. 137

Agnes Mongan, Van Clouet tot Matisse: tentoonstelling van franse tekeningen uit amerikaanse collecties, exh. cat., Museum Boymans (Rotterdam, 1958), no. 102, pl. 124

Agnes Mongan, French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1959), cat. no. 102, pp. 78-79, pl. 124, repr.

Karl E. Maison, Honoré Daumier: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Watercolours, and Drawings, Volume II The Watercolors and Drawings, Thames and Hudson, Ltd. and New York Graphic Society Ltd. (England, 1968), p. 89, cat. no. 262

Henri Loyrette, Daumier, 1808-1879, exh. cat., Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, 1999), p.351, fig. 1, repr.

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 218, 220, 286, repr. p. 219 as fig. 5

Exhibition History

Independent Painters of 19th Century Paris, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 03/15/1935 - 04/28/1935

Fourth Anniversary Exhibition; Drawings, Lyman Allen Museum, New London, 03/02/1936 - 04/15/1936

Masterpieces of 19th and 20th Century French Drawing from the Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University and the Museum of Modern Art of New York City, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 05/01/1941 - 06/01/1941

19th century French drawings, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 03/08/1947 - 04/06/1947

French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse, Museum Boymans, Rotterdam, 07/31/1958 - 09/28/1958; Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 10/24/1958 - 01/02/1959; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 02/03/1959 - 03/15/1959

Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/21/2017 - 05/07/2017

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