Honoré Daumier (1808–79)
Le Malade imaginaire (The Hypochondriac)
Black chalks, black ink wash, watercolor and touches of gouache, with pen and point of the brush in brown and black-gray ink
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Samuel Courtauld Gift, 1934
Known for his acerbic caricatures, Honoré Daumier here interprets a scene from Molière's Malade imaginaire. A patient is visited by a doctor, who lectures self-importantly at the bedside. Terrified, the miserable man focuses his attention on the doctor's assistant, who holds an exaggeratedly large clyster, used to administer an enema.