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"General Prince Murat"
(Original Pochoir Hand-Colored Lithograph Print)
by
Sem (Georges Goursat, 1863-1934)
Circa 1900

Approximate Dimensions (unframed):
  20.25 in x 14 in
(51.44 cm x 35.56 cm)

This is a very nice antiquarian (circa 1900) caricature done by Georges Goursat, a popular caricaturist of France's "Belle Epoque" period who was known as "Sem" and whose drawings typically featured the social elite, actors, singers, politicians, and the like who frequented Maxim's, Longchamp Downs, etc.  He published many of his drawings in various French newspapers and magazines (see a photo of SEM directly below).


Georges Goursat (Sem), 1914

The caricature is a signed original hand-colored pochoir lithograph print on woven paper from about 1900. It is an original antique print and not a modern reproduction.

This caricature shows a wide-eye, dapper gentleman with a binoculars case (?) perhaps at the Paris Opera.

The man is General Prince Murat. Murat was of the descendent family of Napoleon's noted Marshalls. His identification was penciled in by someone (by Sem?) below his shoes (please see photo directly below).


Condition.  There is toning, especially around the edges and at the top and bottom borders.  The picture had apparently been stored or framed with the top portion covered--as can be seen by the difference in coloration.  The edges have wear and tears and small creases, common imperfections associated with age.

All in all, however, the primary depiction of the subject is, in and of itself, in good condition with no tears or folds or stains.