- Museum number
Object: Quittes le galon de la servitude, et reprends la pioche de l'indépendance
Series: Fantaisies, par Charlet (1824-27)
Series: Cahier 6
"Give up the braid of servitude and take up the pick-axe of independence"; a working man gestures towards a pick-axe and encourages his son to engage in manual labour; the young man has already discarded his coat and hat and is in the process of undoing his cuffs; a weeping woman with a bottle and a glass in front of her is in the background. 1824-7
- Production date
Height: 184 millimetres (image)
Height: 243 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 147 millimetres
Width: 194 millimetres
- Curator's comments
According to La Combe, this lithograph was part of a series of works that appeared in eight successive books of four pieces which were published between 1824 and 1827.
La Combe identifies the two men in this image as a father and son, he also states that the older man can be identified as a former soldier due to his martial bearing.
The use of the word "galon" (literally translated as braid) complicates the meaning of this lithograph as it invokes military uniform; to say "prendre du galon" can also mean "to be promoted". However, the young man in this print appears to be in civilian dress and La Combe does not describe him as a soldier or as belonging to any other professional group. It is possible that he is supposed to be a servant in livery as suggested by the older man's reference to servitude in the caption.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number