A Cause Celebre by Lawson Wood


A Cause Celebre


Lawson Wood

Ref GM2828
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 8" x 12" (20 x 30 cm)
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Lawson Wood is one of the most unusual artists of the golden age of magazine illustration, largely because of the subject he chose to illustrate. Lawson was recognized for his "prehistoric" depictions of stone-age humans and dinosaurs in his humorous style. In this illustration a Stone Age court case is being held. The title Lawson has chosen gives a story to the picture, a cause célèbre is an issue or incident arousing widespread controversy, outside campaigning and heated public debate. The term is particularly used in connection with celebrated legal cases. The term is a French phrase in common usage in English. In French, cause means, here, a legal case, and célèbre means "famous". The phrase originated with the 37-volume Nouvelles Causes Célèbres, published in 1763, which was a collection of reports of well-known French court decisions from the 17th and 18th centuries.