Le Petit, Alfred (painter, lithographer, journalist, and chansonnier; Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909). M. Edgar Quinet, the publicist and historian for literature as violet, “La Violette”, compiler/translator of Herders “Ideas on Philosophy …” (1827, 3 vols.), finally belonged “together with Victor Hugo and Louis Blanc to the leaders of the extreme left” (Meyer) in the National Assembly. In the foliage titles of his works and thoughts. Colored lithograph. Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit Paris 9 mars 1871., otherwise as above and below resp. 9⅝ × 5¼ in (24.5 × 13.5 cm).

Alfred Le Petit, M. Edgar Quinet ("La Violette")

Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – Plate 27 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:

« Sous tes écrits, Edgar Quinet, / Tu vis caché, parfumant l’ombre: / O fleur, loin des regards qui nait, / Violette aux charmes sans nombre! »

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