1854 Original French Poster, Le Grand Diable D'Argent - Gangel
Size: 16.25 x 25.5 (approx.) inches
About The Poster: I am not ashamed to admit that I knew nothing about this poster when it came in to the gallery. It's older than most of our pieces, quite specific, and not something I had seen before. So I did some research ... This piece, a copy of which is the cornerstone of something called the Bleichroeder Collection, available in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room at the Baker Library at Harvard University, is actually a well-known allegorical poster that admonishes 'where there is money, there is owed, vice, corruption, and misfortune.' This piece, printed in Metz, and designed by Gangel, includes a flying money devil, and assorted characters who seemingly benefit from the devil's largesse, including a 'fille de joie' (a prostitute), a lawyer, a caterer, a shoemaker and a wine merchant.
The essay about the Bleichroeder Collection makes a fascinating read and can be found at http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/cc/introduction.html
Poster is in excellent condition. Unlined. From a private collection.