Le Petit, Alfred (painter, lithographer, journalist, and chansonnier; Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909). Le Général (Louis) Faidherbe as prickly rose-bush, “Le Rosier des Batailles”, as which under Gambetta he overtook the command of the French northern forces on Dec. 3, 1870, and fought against von Manteuffel and von Goeben. Previously in Africa, in particular in Algeria, after 1871 member of the National Assembly and in 1880 Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honor. “F. deserved well of geography and ethnology of northwestern Africa” (Meyer). Colored lithograph. Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit PARIS 20 Janv. 1871, otherwise as above and below resp. 9¾ × 5¼ in (24.7 × 13.5 cm).

Alfred Le Petit, Le Général Louis Faidherbe ("Le Rosier des Batailles")

Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – Plate 7 of Le Petit’s Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes du Jour. – With the address of L’Éclipse and that of the printer Coulbœuf, both Paris. – With H. Briollet’s quatrain:

« Ce rosier là, dit ‹des batailles› / Doit fleurir à Paris au mois de Février / Il vient du coté de Versailles / Et porte assure t’on des feuilles de laurier. »

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