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French caricature folio: “Un Chapelet de Bêtises”

 Collection — Container: 1
Identifier: MS-0770

Content Description

Rewritten from dealer description: This item is a folio containing over 150 caricature drawings created approximately in 1861. The drawings were transcribed by hand in pen and ink, and are selections from contemporary publications which were copied by the artist, who is unknown. The subjects include examples of the work of leading caricaturists: Bertall (Charles Albert Arnoux), Cham (Charles Amédée de Noé), Paul Gavarni, Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard Grandville, Alfred Grévin, and Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon), though many are unattributed. The folio also contains images from famous sequences including "Gens de Paris", "Paris en l’an 3000", "Metamorphoses du jour", "Fourberies de femmes", and "Les Enfants terribles". There are also examples of caricatures on the subject of fashion, women, and Parisian characters. The item measures 25 x 34 cm. Printed on the folio in French: “Un Chapelet de Bêtises” Translated in English: "A String of Stupid Things"


  • Creation: approximately 1861


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information. Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

There is currently no biographical information on the creator.


0.14 Cubic Feet (1 flat box (14.5 x 1.5 x 11.5))

Language of Materials



This item is a folio of caricature sketches created in France in 1861. There is currently no biographical information on the creator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This item was purchased from Justin Croft Antiquarian Books in April 2016.

Condition Description

Spine is cracked and binding should handled with care.

Processing Information

This item was processed by Kristen Diehl in December 2016.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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