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Comment on entrera

Honoré Daumier (French, 1808–1879) Comment on entrera à l'exposition universelle et comment on en sortira (How one enters the World's Fair and how one leaves it), 1855 Lithograph Gift of Eugene L. Garbaty, 1954.157

Visitors are shown entering and leaving the great hall of the Palace of Industry at the Paris Exposition universelle (World’s Fair) of 1855. They enter with heads held high, hoop skirts unfurled, and top hats intact. They leave as haggard, deflated silhouettes. The overstimulation of a day at the exposition is probably to blame for their flattened state.