Three Judges at a Hearing, c. 1862
pen and black ink with grey wash over graphite on laid paper, mounted on laid paper
13.2 x 24.9 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 812)
Approached from an ironic point of view, the law courts, with their judges, lawyers, and clients, formed a major theme in Honoré Daumier's graphic work. He was very familiar with the world of law, having first encountered it at a young age when his father sent him to work for a bailiff. The subject became an ideal pretext for social criticism, allowing the artist to dissect and caricature the attitudes of the members of the legal profession.