The Judge BY WILLIAM GROPPER
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GROPPER HAS MET this savage jurist-he once gave him a parking ticket. “When my case came up,”
Gropper remembers, “he asked me what business I was in,
and how much money I had. I told him I was broke, so he fined me five dollars.”
After that the artist made a number of visits to the court as a
visitor, and sketched the judge several times before this lithograph.
He began to wonder how this man of all men became and how he had
such power over other people, and what chance an lawyer, “who is not a politician,” had to become a judge.
These questions bothered the artist a lot, but at last he found a judge who answered them for him.
Here, in The Judge, is a modern example of the notorim!S””hanging judges” of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The prisoner at the bar is not less browbeaten than the court stenographer, who must have the judge as a daily diet.
Only the policeman preserves his stolidity.