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……..I really start getting tired of my wife’s cousin!!! The Cousin. The cousin is a common small animal, slender, elegant, light, which slips into the interior of dwellings in order to bring trouble and restlessness to the inhabitants. He is the horror of husbands and causes them tenacious insomnia. His song on the other hand seems to be very melodious to bored young ladies. If one can believe our most serious natural scientists and especially the contemporary comedians, there are only very few marriages which are not affected by at least one little cousin. They are very difficult to get rid of. When thrown out by the door, they come back through the window. (Scribe – Natural History)
(……..décidément, je commence à avoir pardessus la tête du cousin de ma femme !!! Le Cousin. Le cousin est communément un petit animal, mince, élégant, léger, qui se glisse dans l’intérieur des habitations pour y porter le trouble et l’inquiétude. Il est la terreur des maris, et leur cause souvent des cuisantes insomnies. Son bourdonnement, en revanche, paraît fort mélodieux aux jeunes femmes qui s’ennuient. S’il faut en croire nos plus profonds naturalistes et notamment tous les vaudevillistes contemporains, il est bien peu de ménages qui ne soient affligés d’aumoins un petit cousin. On s’en délivre diffilement. Quand on les chasse par la porte, ils rentrent par la fenêtre. (Scribe Histoire naturelle).)
no. 6 from the Cours d'histoire naturelle (Natural history course) series

hand-coloured lithograph and gum arabic on buff paper
21.2 × 19.0 cm (image) 22.7 × 20.4 cm (comp.) 29.4 × 20.4 cm (comp. and text) 32.6 × 24.3 cm irreg. (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Paris, France
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Delteil 528 ii/ii
2nd of 2 states
printed in ink (in image) l.l.: h.Daumier
printed in ink l.l.: A Paris, chez Dupin, Md (. under d) d'estampes, Galerie Colbert.
printed in ink l.r.: Lith. de Lemercier, Bernard et Cie (. under ie)
Accession Number
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1946
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Gallery location
Not on display