Télémaque Interrogé Par Les Sages (Telemachus Questioned by the Sages), plate 42 from the series Histoire Ancienne (Ancient History) in Le Charivari

Honoré Victorin Daumier, French, 1808 - 1879


published December 14, 1842

Lithograph on paper

Image: 9 13/16 × 8 1/4 in. (24.9 × 21 cm)

Sheet: 14 3/4 × 9 15/16 in. (37.4 × 25.3 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Varujan Boghosian



Imprimerie d'Aubert & Cie, Paris


Chez Bauger & Cie, Paris


Europe, France


19th century

Object Name




Not on view


Lettered, upper center: HISTORIE ANCIENNE; lettered, upper right: 42.; initialled, on stone, lower right: h.D. 437; lettered, lower left margin: Chez Bauger R. du Croissant, 16. lettered, lower right margin: Imp. d'Aubert & C.ie [ie in superscript]; lettered, lower center: TÉLÉMAQUE INTERROGÉ PAR LES SAGES. / A l'aspect imposant de ces nobles ganaches, / Télémaque en finaud jura ses plus grands Dieux, / Qu'il voudrait échanger ses naissantes moustaches / Contre la majesté de leurs front radieux. / (Fénélon. Livre XXIV) [Translated text: TELEMACHUS INTERROGATED BY THE SAGES. At the imposing view of these noble blockheads Telemachus is struck with awe He would have liked to exchange his budding mustache for the majesty of their radiant foreheads. (Fénélon book XXIV)]


Varujan Boghosian, Hanover, New Hampshire; given to present collection, 2003.

Catalogue Raisonne

Hazard (1904): 1942; Delteil (1926): 966; Daumier Register: 966

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