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In the issues of the 8th and 29th November 1832 the journal La Caricature Charles Philipon (1800-1861) announced his plans for publishing a new satirical periodical called Le Charivari. On 1st December 1832, after printing several proof copies, the first edition of this journal was supplied. In contrast to the weekly periodical La Caricature the new journal, also edited by Philipon, was published daily and focused less on political  than social and cultural events. These topics were chosen on purpose to address a wider audience, to avoid censorship and to ensure economical success. The profits made from Le Charivari were supposed to balance losses made by La Caricature and to ensure its survival.

Le Charivari contained three pages of text and one full-page caricature. During the Franco-Prussian War it was shortened to only two pages. The journal was published until August 1937, making it one of the longest running and most successful publications of its kind.

Among the caricaturists for Le Charivari are well-known artists such as: Honoré Daumier, Traviès, Grandville, Paul Gavarni, Benjamin, Alcide Joseph Lorentz and many others.

French Caricaturists

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