Bronze, modeled circa 1860 (cast later). 185 mm; 7 1/4 inches (height). Incised with the artist's initials and numbered 22/30, lower verso. With the foundry mark Cire perdue Valsuani, lower verso.
Provenance: Private collection, Paris; private collection, New York.
Published: Gobin, Daumier Sculpteur, 1808-1879: Avec un Catalogue Raisonné et illustré de l'oeuvre sculpté, Geneva, 1952, page 261, number 47 (the terracotta illustrated); Wasserman, Daumier Sculpture. A Critical and Comparative Study, Cambridge, MA, 1969, page 230, number 55 (the terracotta and another bronze cast illustrated).
In addition to his work as a lithographer, draughtsman and painter, Daumier (1808-1879) produced more than 100 sculptures during his long and highly prolific career. He produced many of these sculptures in unbaked clay, some of which were subsequently reproduced in plaster casts for preservation. Bronze editions were all produced posthumously, the artist conceived no bronze editions during his lifetime, by various foundries including Barbedienne, Rudier, Siot-Decauville and Valsuani, from models in the collections of the Galerie Sagot-Le Garrec, Paris, and Gobin, Paris, including the renowned series of thirty-six bust portraits of French members of Parliament. The majority of the terracotta figures are now in the collection of the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.