Le Charivari

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Le Charivari
Masthead of Le Charivari in 1833, during its second year of publication.
Categories Humor magazine
Founder Charles Philipon
First issue 1 December 1832
Final issue 1937
Based in Paris, France
Language French

Le Charivari was an illustrated magazine published in Paris, France, from 1832 to 1937. It published caricatures, political cartoons and reviews. After 1835, when the government banned political caricature, Le Charivari began publishing satires of everyday life.

History and profile

Le Charivari was started by caricaturist Charles Philipon and his brother-in-law Gabriel Aubert to reduce their financial risk of censorship fines. They also had published the satirical, anti-monarchist, illustrated newspaper La Caricature, which had more pages and was printed on more expensive paper. In Le Charivari, they featured humorous content which was not so political. Ownership of the paper changed often due to issues with government censorship, and related taxes and fines.

Le Charivari published daily from 1832 to 1936, and then weekly until 1937.

In 1841 English engraver, Ebenezer Landells, together with Henry Mayhew, used Le Charivari as the model to establish their Punch magazine, subtitled The London Charivari.[1]

Selected contributing artists

Contributing with lithographs, woodcuts, and (after 1870) with zincographies (gillotage) were:

Selected contributing writers

Illustrations in Le Charivari


  1. Thomas Gretton (1997). "European Illustrated Weekly Magazines, c. 1850-1900" (PDF). Anales del Instituto de InvestiIgaciones Esteticas. Retrieved 28 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

"Le Charivari". H. Daumier and His Lithographic Work. Retrieved 7 May 2005.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • Honoré Daumier exhibition, Masterworks fine art, archived from the original on 15 June 2006<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>, refers to Charivari.
  • "Le Charivari", Gallica (digital library), FR: BnF<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  • Daumier Drawings, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Le Charivari (see index)