Charges et Décharges diaboliques by Eugène Lepoitevin (1830)
[Lepoittevin, Eugène]. Charges et Décharges diaboliques. [Paris: Guerrier, 1830]. Kinsey Institute Library: 710 L593c.
The anonymous portfolio of twelve obscene lithographs Charges et Décharges diaboliques, printed in Paris around 1830, was assembled by the French painter and caricaturist Eugène Lepoittevin (1806-1870), a contributor for Charles Philipon’s famous journal La Caricature, and the creator of the series Diableries (devilish prints). These satirical lithographs depict a series of explicitly sexual postures and assaults (charges) carried out by diabolical characters. The portfolio was seized by U.S. Customs in New York on August 2, 1951, and released to the Kinsey Institute on March 1, 1958, following the Federal Court case United States v. 31 Photographs.