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D'ARG ...

   
 
 


Honoré Daumier
Lithograph
August 8, 1832
10"w x 14"h

   
   
 

Count Antoine-Maurice-Apollinaire d'Argout lived from 1782-1858. His large nose made him a favorite subject of caricature.

D'Argout had a reputation for verbal blunders, so Daumier included a donkey's hat in the coat of arms as a symbol of limited intelligence. The scissors represent d'Argout's work as a theater censor.

In 1814, d'Argout supported Louis XVIII and in 1819 became State Counselor. He then supported Charles X and consequently Louis-Philippe who appointed him Minister of the Navy in 1830.

He was later nominated Minister of Commerce and held the positions of Minister of Public Works and Culture in 1831.

In 1834, while serving as Secretary of the Interior, he was responsible for the brutal suppression of the silk weavers revolt in Lyons. He went on to become Governor of the French National Bank and was appointed Minister of Finance in 1836.

He survived political changes and supported the new Empire under Napoleon III, followed by his nomination as Senator for life and Governor of the French National Bank.

   
   

Background courtesy of The Daumier Register

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