Le Petit, Alfred (painter, lithographer, journalist, and chansonnier; Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909). M. (Augustin Thomas Joseph) Pouyer-Quertier as apple, “La Pomme”, meanwhile he made his fortune with his plain cotton goods factories in Rouen and was Minister of the Finances under Thiers and “during the peace treaty with Germany (he carried on) with great skill the financial negotiations over the type of the war cost payments, as he also luckily managed the first loan of 2½ billion” (Meyer). Colored lithograph. Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit 28 Février 1871. PARIS., otherwise as above and below resp. 9¾ × 5¼ in (24.9 × 13.5 cm).
Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – Plate 22 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:
« Le pays qu’enrichit la pomme / Est connu dans le monde entier: / Ici, de ce fruit qu’on renomme, / Pouyer vous montre un fort Querier. »
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