The Nadars, a photographic legend

The Nadars


Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)

Benjamin Roubaud (1811-1847), around 1860-1880

Caricature published in The Charivari Pantheon (1839-1841)
Lithography, 35.5 cm.
BnF, Prints and Photographs Department, STORAGE ZF-279-4
© Bibliothèque nationale de France
"Balzac, having fed on fame, has become quite fat. Alas, he and his success don't look much alike."

"With the title, The Charivari Pantheon, we are offering our reader a rogues' gallery ("rogue" has multiple meanings here), which will include caricatures of all of Paris's most important artists and men of letters, divided into several series, e.g. the journalist series, the novelist series, the poets, musicians, actors, etc. So the Charivari Pantheon will be absolutely unqiue, as well as being one of the most complete, and, we dare say, curious pieces of contemporary caricature ever seen." Benjamin Roubaud's series of caricatures were published in Le Charivari starting in February, 1838, and appearing somewhat randomly thereafter.