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Caricature Prints

Caricature is an artist's exaggeration of certain physical characteristics or features of the human figure to indicate personality traits for comedic effect or criticism. Though caricature was used as a device in many cultures, the link between it and printmaking is strong due to the rise of satirical publications in late 18th and 19th century Western Europe.

The invention of the lithograph in 1798, as well as an interest in physiognomy, or the theory that character can be determined from physical features, led to a demand for caricatures in print. Coupled with the political and social unrest of the century, caricature grew in popularity, particularly in French satirical publications.


Quick Facts

  • One of the earliest European caricaturists was Guiseppe Arcimboldo, who painted portraits where the facial features were constructed by the combined images of vegetables
  • The most prolific French caricaturist was Honore Daumier, who created over 6,000 prints satirizing the social and political scene of 19th century France. His boldness inspired the admiration of many great literary minds in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • One of the most famous caricaturists in the 18th was the British printmaker William Hogarth, who made political illustrations and satire of the upper class, with a particular focus on marital ethics

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Honore Daumier Colored Lithograph series Celebrites de la Caricature No. 85 RARE
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Honore Daumier Colored Lithograph series Celebrites de la Caricature No. 85 RARE
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
Honore Daumier France 1808 -1879 Lithograph No 186 plate 39 La Caricature
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Honore Daumier France 1808 -1879 Lithograph No 186 plate 39 La Caricature
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $900- $1,200
$7000 Bids
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Mar 03, 11:00 AM CET
Peter Jens
by Auktionshaus Schwerin
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
Brumby & Clarke (publishers). John Bull to Britannia - "Serve 'em right..., circa 1905
Mar 06, 10:00 AM GMT
Brumby & Clarke (publishers). John Bull to Britannia - "Serve 'em right..., circa 1905
by Dominic Winter Auctions
Est: £100- £150
£1000 Bids
Vanity Fair. A collection of approximately 55 caricatures, late 19th & early 20th century
Mar 06, 10:00 AM GMT
Vanity Fair. A collection of approximately 55 caricatures, late 19th & early 20th century
by Dominic Winter Auctions
Est: £100- £200
£1000 Bids
Vanity Fair. A Collection of approximately 80 caricatures, late 19th & early 20th century
Mar 06, 10:00 AM GMT
Vanity Fair. A Collection of approximately 80 caricatures, late 19th & early 20th century
by Dominic Winter Auctions
Est: £100- £200
£1000 Bids
Honore Daumier France 1808 -1879 Lithograph Mr. Barthe plate 294 1833
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Honore Daumier France 1808 -1879 Lithograph Mr. Barthe plate 294 1833
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$8000 Bids
Honore Daumier France 1808 -1879 Lithograph Mr Benjamin Dudessert No 287
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Honore Daumier France 1808 -1879 Lithograph Mr Benjamin Dudessert No 287
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $400- $500
$3500 Bids
Honore Daumier France 1808 -1879 Lithograph Mr. Keratr No 150 plate 314
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Honore Daumier France 1808 -1879 Lithograph Mr. Keratr No 150 plate 314
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$8000 Bids
Caricatures. A collection of approximately 100 caricatures, late 18th - early 20th century
Mar 06, 10:00 AM GMT
Caricatures. A collection of approximately 100 caricatures, late 18th - early 20th century
by Dominic Winter Auctions
Est: £200- £400
£2000 Bids
George Cruikshank (British 1792-1878) Caricature hand colored lithograph
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
George Cruikshank (British 1792-1878) Caricature hand colored lithograph
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $200- $250
$1500 Bids
Charles Joseph Travies Swiss 1804 – 1859 Lithograph La Caricature No. 195
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Charles Joseph Travies Swiss 1804 – 1859 Lithograph La Caricature No. 195
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $150- $200
$1200 Bids
Honore Daumier France 1808 -1879 Lithograph Messieurs les actionnaires
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Honore Daumier France 1808 -1879 Lithograph Messieurs les actionnaires
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
Thomas Fluharty, Bill Clinton caricature, 2001
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Thomas Fluharty, Bill Clinton caricature, 2001
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
George Bickham the Younger (c.1706–1771)
Mar 09, 10:00 AM GMT
George Bickham the Younger (c.1706–1771)
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £150- £300
£750 Bids
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CARICATURES OF ARTISTS AND WRITERS.
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
CARICATURES OF ARTISTS AND WRITERS.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Caricatures. A collection of sixteen caricatures, early 19th century
Mar 06, 10:00 AM GMT
Caricatures. A collection of sixteen caricatures, early 19th century
by Dominic Winter Auctions
Est: £150- £250
£1500 Bids
Gillray (James). A collection of approximately 24 caricatures. early-mid 19th century
Mar 06, 10:00 AM GMT
Gillray (James). A collection of approximately 24 caricatures. early-mid 19th century
by Dominic Winter Auctions
Est: £150- £200
£1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Caricature Prints


Dominic Winter Auctions

Dominic Winter Auctions

Clarke Auction Gallery

Clarke Auction Gallery

Millea Bros Ltd

Millea Bros Ltd