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Maker(s):Daumier, Honoré
Culture:French (1808-1879)
Title:Le Sauvetage d'Arion [Rescue of Arion], Le Charivari plate 33 from the series Histoire Ancienne [Stories from Antiquity]
Date Made:1842 November 01
Materials:Lithograph on newsprint
Place Made:Europe; France; Paris
Measurements:Mat: 19 1/4 in x 14 1/4 in; 48.895 cm x 36.195 cm; Sheet: 14 1/16 in x 9 9/16 in; 35.71875 cm x 24.28875 cm; Image: 9 7/8 in x 7 15/16 in; 25.0825 cm x 20.16125 cm
Narrative Inscription:  TITLE: recto, lwr. ctr. (printed in black ink): LE SAUVETAGE D'ARION. ; SERIES TITIE: recto, upp. ctr. (printed in black ink): HISTOIRE ANCIENNE ; PLATE: recto, upp. r. (printed in black ink): 33 ; INSCRIPTION: recto, lwr. r. (printed in black ink): Chez Bauger R du Croissant 16 ; PUBLISHER: recto, lwr. r. (printed in black ink): Imp. d'Aubert & Cie ; TEXT: recto, lower ctr. (printed in black ink): Par un gros poisson dilettante / Ce tenor fut sauvé grâce à sa fraîche voix. / Maint chanteur que l'Opéra vante, / Dans une pareille tourmente, / N'attendrirait pas un anchois. / Extrait d'un feuilleton de Mr. Berlioz. ; INSCRIPTION: recto, lwr l. (graphite): 957 M
Accession Number:  MH 1963.56.M.RII
Credit Line:Purchase with the Nancy Everett Dwight Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

A corpulent, naked man straddles a giant fish in the sea. The man's torso is above water and he leans backward against the downward movement of the fish. A swath of fabric wraps around him in the wind. In his left hand he holds a harp. This depicts the myth of Arion, who was saved from drowning by a fish that heard his musical abilities.

caricatures; mythology

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