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Un lion de mer

Un lion de mer

Honoré Daumier (French, 1808–1879) Un lion de mer (A Sea Lion), 1856 Lithograph Gift of Eugene L. Garbaty, 1954.168

Thanks to the railroads, Parisians could flock to the sea-shore during the dog days of summer. Like Daumier’s paunchy bather, this skinny guy, bent dripping over his fully clothed companion, has no idea how silly he looks.