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19th Century Satirical French Caricature by Charles Amedee De Noe (Cham) (SOLD)
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This original ink drawing comes from a collection of miniature sketches we found in the Paris flea markets by satirical caricaturist Charles Amedee de Noe aka CHAM (1818-1879). These pieces served as preparatory drawings for the newspapers and magazines they were to be published in. When a sketch was selected to be published, Cham would reproduce it clean on wood and then pass it over to the engraver. Cham was a 19th-century French illustrator and cartoonist, who during his lifetime became one of the most popular French cartoonists. Cham's cartoons satirized politics, social trends, travel, popular novels, and plays. In 1839, his work began to be published in newspapers like "Le Charivari", a publication where he worked for thirty years. In his lifetime, Cham produced well over 10,000 drawings. He would become the first significant French comic artist, paving the way for many others.