O mon Victor idolâtré.... Il me vient une idée poétique!!... (O Victor, my darling!... A poetic notion has come to me!!...), plate 18 from the series Les Bas-Bleus (The Bluestockings)

Honoré Victorin Daumier, French, 1808 - 1879



Lithograph on wove paper

Sur blanc impression

Image: 8 3/4 × 7 1/2 in. (22.2 × 19 cm)

Sheet: 13 7/16 × 10 1/16 in. (34.2 × 25.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund



Chez Aubert & Cie, Paris

Imprimerie d'Aubert & Cie, Paris


Europe, France


19th century

Object Name




Not on view


Lettered, upper center: LES BAS BLEUS.; inscribed, in graphite, upper right: 18; initialled, on stone, lower left: h.D; inscribed, on stone, lower center: 580; lettered, lower left margin: Chez Aubert, Pl. de la Bourse, 29.; lettered, lower right margin: Imp. d'Aubert & C.ie [ie in superscript]; lettered, lower center: - O mon Victor idolâtré....il me vient une idée poétique!! précipitons nous ensemble et à / l'instant du haut de cette grise falaise dans les flots bleus de l'Océan!..... / -Nous noyer dans la mer!..nous y réfléchirons, Anastasie,...je tiens à descendre encore / pendant quelque temps le fleuve de la vie!...; reverse, inscribed, in graphite, lower left: D.1238 II/II; reverse, inscribed, in graphite, lower right: MS-94-53A-RAP [Translated text: - O Victor, my darling!... A poetic notion has come to me!... Let us throw ourselves down together, now, from this grey cliff into the blue of the ocean!... - Drown ourselves in the sea!... Let us reflect on this Anastasia,... I would like to descend yet awhile the river of life!...]

Exhibition History

France in Transformation: The Caricature of Honore Daumier, Harrington Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 25-August 24, 2009.


Carolyn Bullard Fine Prints and Drawings, Dallas, Texas; sold to present collection, 2005.

Catalogue Raisonne

Hazard (1904): 702; Delteil (1926): 1238; Daumier Register: 1238

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