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Voyage en Chine

Trip to China

Artist: Honoré Daumier (1808 - 1879) Primary
Artist: Jean Ernest Aubert (active 1824 - 1906) Printer
Date: 19th century
19th century
Dimensions: 7.28 x 9.45 in. (18.5 x 24 cm)
Dimensions Extent: image
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, France
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James Reed, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.35.202
Not on view.


The French inscription eneath the image reads: "Les legislateurs Chinois ont decreté que tous les accusés comparaitraient librement devant leurs juges, aussi ne les conduit - on devant le magistrat instructeur qu'entre deux gendarmes et garrottés de menottes, ce qui fait de liberté ne leur laisse guére que celle d'éternuer. De plus la justice se rend avec tant de promptitude dans le celeste empire qu'il est bien rare qu'un prévenu reste plus de huit mois à attendre son jugement, enfin arrive le jour solennel où il se voit condamner à quinze jours de prison, et le mandarin toguè a la bontè de lui expliquer que ces quinze jours ne se confondent pas avec les huit mois qu'il a déja passé sous les verroux."

This translates to:

"Chinese lawmakers have decreed that all defendants will appear freely before their judges, so do not lead them - one in front of the investigating magistrate only between two gendarmes and bound in handcuffs, which leaves them little freedom but that of sneezing. In addition justice is delivered with such promptitude in the celestial empire that it is very rare that a defendant stays more than eight months to await his judgement, finally arrives the solemn day when he sees himself condemned to fifteen days of prison, and the toguè mandarin is kind enough to explain to him that these fifteen days are not to be confused with the eight months he has already spent behind bars."



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