more caricatures

Some adorable drawings of musicians through the eyes of their contemporaries (see the first part here):

Singer Johann Michael Vogl (left) and Schubert (right), depicted by Schubert’s friend Franz von Schober. The German caption reads: “Michael Vogl and Franz Schubert go out for battle and victory.”

Hector Berlioz was also quite a popular subject of caricature:

By Étienne Carjat, published in Le Boulevard in 1863

As was his bouffant:

By Charles Ramelet (1805-1851), after a bust by Jean-Pierre Dantan

As was his penchant for massive spectacle. The caricature below refers to his Requiem, of which he wrote: “If space permits, the chorus may be doubled or tripled, and the orchestra be proportionally increased. But in the event of an exceptionally large chorus, say 700 to 800 voices, the entire chorus should only be used for the Dies Irae, the Tuba Mirum, and the Lacrymosa, the rest of the movements being restricted to 400 voices.”

By Gustave Doré, published in Journal pour rire, June 1850

By Grandville, for Louis Reybaud’s novel Jérome Paturot à la recherche d’une position sociale (1846), in which a character pretends to portray Berlioz (source)

Wagner was of course subject to caricature as well:

From Vanity Fair, 1877. Captioned “The Music of the future.”

And Liszt was too good to pass up for many caricaturists:

Al Bertrand, June 1845

Le “Gallop” chromatique, anonymous, c. 1845

Does anyone know Hungarian and want to translate the captions below? With or without translation, though, the pictures speak a thousand words.


by A. Göschl, for Borsszem Jankó, April 1873 [source]

Unsigned caricature, c. 1845

The Abbot with the lightning fingers:

Painter unknown

And finally, Liszt the ladies’ man (notice the distraught gentlemen in the audience trying to restrain their wives):

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