In this delightful hand-colored lithograph, a line of barnyard animals depicted with human bodies sings to the accompaniment of a ram pianist and a sheep conductor. Each singer holds music with a voice type printed at the top. The rooster at the back, whose music is marked Soprano Castro, has the typical protruding round belly of a castrato singer, and the bespectacled ram who sings the Basse Taille part holds his music at his waist, as though in an effort to see it more clearly.
Jean-Jacques Grandville was a famous French caricaturist. This lithograph comes from a seventy-print series entitled Les Métamorphoses du jour (1828-1829), in which Grandville shows animal-headed humans in humorous scenes. It was the work that put Grandville on the map and he was praised for his ability to capture human expressions on animal faces.GPH-15385$225
We do not believe this print is a first state, as it does not bear the names of the artist or lithographer.