Honoré Daumier, 'Two Barristers'

Honoré Daumier, 'Two Barristers'

Honoré Daumier (1808-79)
Two Barristers
About 1865
Pen and ink and chalk
Museum no. CAI 124
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

 

This vibrant, rapid sketch of two barristers expresses the self-importance and corruption that Daumier regarded as endemic to the legal profession. When visiting the courts, he first drew specific people and events, but later developed a powerful repertory of characteristic legal 'types', as seen here.