Honoré Daumier (French, 18081879)
Lithograph; 11 3/8 x 9 3/16 in. (28.9 x 23.3 cm)
Purchase, Jacob H. Schiff Bequest, 1922 (22.63.7)
Daumier scrutinized French politics with such grim, inextinguishable hope that his cartoons symbolize any crisis anywhere. His vision of a timeless nightmare, skeletons on the march toward the offices of the war council, shocked the censors into prohibiting the publication of this print. Thus, while Daumier's caricatures generally circulated in large numbers, there exists only one of the Council of War.