L’Homme in naturalibus (Man in his natural state)
8 x 10 1/8 in. (20.3 x 25.7 cm)
Medium and Support:
"Philosophy, my dear Bertrand, explains very well our two characters by our physiques…you are weak, I am strong… you are sly, I a, courageous …you are the ivy, I am the oak. Without me, the faintest breath of the police would plunge you in the torrent of misfortune…stay with me and have the following engraved on your weapons: “I hold on or I die”.
-Robert Macaire 2eme series (Paris: Aubert), 1840-1841; La Caricature, May 23, 1841; Le Charivari, August 9, 1842