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Robert Macaire, businessman. What the devil! My good chap, it's really admirable of you to break your back to pay off your debts, you should wipe them out at once. But how? Good heavens! Bring me your books, I'll put them in order, it's my specialty, we'll settle for a few liabilities, a large number of assets, we'll assemble your creditors, we'll offer five percent to be paid over ten years, you won't give them anything during the ten years, in ten years' time you'll start again, your creditors will be dead, the debts forgotten and nobody will say a word about it.
(Robert Macaire, agent d'affairs Que diable! Mon cher, vous êtes bien bon de vous échiner à payer vos dettes, éteignez les donc tout d’un coup! – Comment ça? – Parbleu! Apportez moi vos livres, je les arrangerai, c’est ma spécialité; nous ferons un petit passif, un gros actif, nous assemblerons vos créanciers, nous offrirons cinq pour cent payables en dix ans, pendant dix ans vous ne donnerez rien, dans dix ans, vous recommencerez, les créanciers seront morts, les dettes oubliées et tout sera dit….. )
(1837)
plate 39 from the Caricaturana series 1836–38

Medium
hand-coloured lithograph and gum arabic
Measurements
24.3 × 21.7 cm (image) 24.5 × 22.0 cm (comp.) 28.9 × 22.7 cm (comp. and text) 35.3 × 25.6 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Paris, France
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Delteil 393 i/ii
Edition
1st of 2 states
Accession Number
1999.351
Departments
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1999
Gallery location
Not on display