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Peter A. Wick Collection of J. J. Grandville

Call Number: GEN MSS 1301

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of twenty-eight drawings and forty lithographs by the French artist and caricaturist J. J. Grandville. The drawings are ink, graphite, and watercolor on paper, and are sketches that he created prior to the final drawings for illustrations for the books Fables de Florian, Jérôme Paturot, Les Métamorphoses du jour, Petites misères de la vie humaine, Scènes de la vie privée et publique des animaux, and Voyages de Gulliver dans des contrées lointaines. The lithographs are images published in the journals La Caricature and Le Charivari, with a separate porfolio of ten prints titled Chaque âge a ses plaisirs.


  • 1827 - 1846


Language of Materials

Captions in French.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Peter A. Wick Collection of J. J. Grandville is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Peter A. Wick (Yale 1943) and Kathleen Wick, 1995-2003.


Organized into two series: I. Drawings, 1829-1846. II. Prints, 1827-1835.

Associated Materials

J. J. Grandville, Grande course au clocher académique (GEN MSS 1325), Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.


3.4 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


A collection of sketches and prints by French artist J. J. Grandville.

Peter Arms Wick (1920-2004)

Peter Arms Wick (1920-2004, Yale 1943), American author and bibliophile, held curatorial positions in the Prints and Drawings Department of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and at Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum and Houghton Library.

J. J. Grandville (1803-1847)

J. J. Grandville (1803-1847), French caricaturist, born Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard, who. He specialized in political and social satire presented in popular journals, books, and collections of fables illustrated with anthropomorphic animals and insects

Processing Information

This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call numbers: Uncat MS Vault 737, Uncat MS Vault 863, Uncat MSS 68.

Guide to the Peter A. Wick Collection of J. J. Grandville
by Beinecke Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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