Le ventre législatif: Aspect des bancs ministériels de la chambre improstituée de 1834

Series/Portfolio: Published by the Association Mensuelle

Artist: Honoré Daumier (French, Marseilles 1808–1879 Valmondois)

Publisher: Published by Association Mensuelle

Date: January 1834

Medium: Lithograph

Dimensions: image: 11 1/8 x 17 1/8 in. (28.2 x 43.5 cm)
sheet: 13 11/16 x 20 3/16 in. (34.8 x 51.3 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1920

Accession Number: 20.60.5


Daumier, one of the nineteenth century's great caricaturists, was prolific as a pointed political satirist until complete censorship of such subjects was imposed by the government in 1835. In this lithograph, he ridiculed the conservative members of the Chamber of Deputies—all recognizable to his contemporaries—for their arrogance and corruption, depicting them as bloated and dozing. Daumier's publisher Charles Philipon covered the costs of the censor's fines against his politically charged periodicals by issuing such prints as part of the subscription series L'Association Mensuelle.