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Alfred Le Petit, M. Dorian as Potato

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Peintre, lithographe, journaliste et chansonnier français

Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909

About, M. Edmond. The writer, favourite of Emperor Napoleon III, later republican, as “L’Hortensia”, whose blooms attract the bees as those of a bellflower.

Alfred Le Petit, M. Edmond About

Coloured  lithograph

Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit PARIS 19 Janv. 1871, otherwise as above and quatrain. 9¾ × 5⅜ in (24.8 × 13.6 cm).

Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – With the address of L’Éclipse and that of the printer Coulboeuf, both Paris.

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Arago, M.M. Emmanuel & Étienne. The writers and, in particular Étienne, (the latter also briefly mayor of Paris and by this predecessor of Ferry, see him) participants of all revolutions, members of the National Assembly and, Emmanuel as a lawyer

Defender  of  the

Alfred Le Petit, M.M. Emmanuel & Étienne Arago

Czar’s  assassin  Berezowski

as cherry – “Les Cerises” – at the ear of the Maid of Orléans crowned by the Gallic cock. As before, but Mar. 11, 1871.

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Blanc, Louis. The socialist publicist (“tremendous attention made” his worker’s organization of 1840) and historian as pensy – “Pensèes” –

Alfred Le Petit, Louis Blanc

on  a  batch  of  his  works

As before, but Feb. 4, 1871.

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Chanzy, Le Général, in particular Africa fighter, in the Franco-German war then repeatedly counterpart of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg, as

Alfred Le Petit, General Chanzy

“Le  Perce  slope”

in broken in ice and, repeated, as crown of a dead tree on which the snowdrops hang, each with a different face. As above, but Jan. 15, 1871 and only distich.

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Crémieux, M. (Isaac Adolphe), lawyer (defending counsel of i. a. the socialist publicist and historian Louis Blanc, see above) and politician,

Founder  of  the

Alfred Le Petit, M. Isaac Adolphe Crémieux

Alliance  Israélite  universelle

who especially deserved well of the Jews in Algiers, shown as “Plante Grasse + Cactus Crémiosus” in his whole stoutness casting a bright shadow. As above, but Feb. 25, 1871.

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M. Dorian

as  the  good , healthy  potato

abused  wrongly  by  the  one  and  other

Alfred Le Petit, M. Dorian as Potato

– „La  Pomme  de  Terre“ –

in his capacity as defender of, for this time, Paris before the “Magasin of the Accessoires” bristling with weapons. As above, but Jan. 30, 1871.

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Voltaire’s  Flight

from  the  Boiling  Holy  Water  Font

Dupanloup, M., father confessor of the duke of Bordeaux, teacher of the princes of Orléans, 1849 bishop there, above all

Alfred Le Petit, M. Dupanloup

contentious  right  publicist

but at the same time opponent of the papal infallibility, member of the National Assembly and the Académie française, the sessions of which he absented himself in 1871 after the election of Littré, see this (Meyer, Littré: 1874 and resignation D’s.). Here in connection with box – “Le Buis” – and, on his knees, following with satisfaction the flight of the devil “Voltaire” from the boiling holy water font. As above, but Feb. 21, 1871.

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Faidherbe, Le Général, as prickly rose-bush, “Le Rosier des Batailles”, as which under Gambetta, see this, he overtook the command of the French northern forces on Dec. 3, 1870, and

fought  against

Alfred Le Petit, General Faidherbe

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 Honour. “F. deserved well of geography and ethnology of northwestern Africa” (Meyers). As above, but Jan. 20, 1871.

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Favre, Jules, as spirit over his tomb decorated by “L’Immortelle” with the inscription “CI-GIT cette phrase célèbre d’un Académien ni un pouce de notre territoire ni une pierre de nos forteresses priez Dieu pour le repos de sa conscience”. The wreath of straw flowers with the inscription “Defense de Paris”. As above, but Feb. 10, 1871, and with distich only:

Pour  l’Académie , il  est  immortel

Alfred Le Petit, Jules Faure

Pour  le  peuple , il  est  mort

… ou presque tel.

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Ferry, Jules, politician, lawyer and journalist, in 1870 successor of Étienne Arago as mayor of Paris, under Thiers, see this, prefect of the Seine department, in the National Assembly and the deputy chamber “leader of the republican left, in 1880 Prime Minister, an office he gave up in favour of Gambetta in 1881”, see this. Here as “Le Narcisse” in full figure looking at his mirror (head) image.

Alfred Le Petit, Jules Ferry

“Eloquent  comme  Mirabeau”

“outwards he established a friendlier relation to Germany, with which he partnered to protect the European interests in Egypt and west Africa”. As above, but Jan. 27, 1871. – The broad white left margin weakly brown-spotted.

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Gambetta, “main speaker of the extreme left” and temporarily dictator, proclaimed 1870 “the deprivation of the throne of Napoleon III and his family on eternal times” and

left  the  besieged  Paris

Alfred Le Petit, Gambetta

by  ballon

Here to the annoyance of the sun as “Le Soleil” walking across the country on stilts, holding in his left “Depéches, Proclamations etc.”. Deep below him a village with the Gallic cock on an extended steeple’s top, quite in front a shepherd. As above, but Jan. 12, 1871.

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Garibaldi, Italy’s famous national hero as laurel – “Le Laurier” – mighty on a small horse, whose piedestal bears the inscription “Au Général Garibaldi, La France reconnaisante”. The acquaintance of La Grande Nation

Alfred Le Petit, Garibaldi

the  papist  guzzler

made in the Vatican state where two French brigades assisted the papal ones in the protection against the intruder. But in 1870 after Gambetta’s, see this, proclamation of the republic he hurried to the latter in Tours. In the war against Germany he run only pitiful interference so that he annoyed the Catholic Frenchmen all the sooner by his Pope hate, whereupon he turned home. As above, but Feb. 15, 1871, and distich only.

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Grévy, M., twice president of the republic (1879/92), out of a bell-flower – “Campanule” – and swinging with one of these the then presidial (1871-1873) bell of the National Assembly, a mad house by the shouting left and the retorts of the right. Lawyer by profession he took part in the fights of the July revolution and stayed a “strict republican” for lifetime

with  strictly  neutral  guidance

Alfred Le Petit, M. Grévy

of  his  changing  offices

1876 president of the deputy chamber he became “the head of the moderate republican party” after Thiers’, see this, death. His first election to the president’s office took place with 563 against 99 voices. As above, but June 26, 1871. – Delightful parliamentary plate.

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Hugo, M. Vor, embedded into wild rose, “L’Églantine”, from whose thicket “Les ch(â)timents” strike the monarch crawling after his crown like lightning. At the same time a Dracula of the underworld reaches out for the crown, too.

Hugo’s  head , however ,

up  from  the  eyes

Alfred Le Petit, Victor Hugo

a  ball  of  lights

As above, but March 22, 1871.

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Joigneaux, M. (P.). The Agronom as lettuce – “Laitues” – with insignias of a meal, i. a. vinegar + oil,

Alfred Le Petit, M. P. Joigneaux

a bevy in salad skirts dropping a curtsey to everything. As above, but March 13, 1871.

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Littré, M., as “Fleur Desséchée (de la science)” a page of his own Dictionnaire as he was “one of the most versatile scholars of his time who himself incurred the clerical’s embittered hate by his freethinking direction” (Meyers) and after his election for the Académie Dupanloup, see this, stayed away from their sessions or withdraw.

“1830  he  fought

Alfred Le Petit, M. Littré

with  honor  on  the  barricades”

As above, but Feb. 1, 1871.

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Pouyer-Quertier, M., 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, see this, 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

Alfred Le Petit, M. Pouyer-Quertier

the  first  loan  of  2½  billion”

(Meyers). As above, but Feb. 28, 1871.

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Pyat, M. Felix, lawyer by profession,

he  was  successful

Alfred Le Petit, M. Felix Pyat

as  a  radical  journalist

thus here as red radish – “Le Radis” – at the time of the siege of Paris writing his “Le Vengeur” with red ink. Elected for the Paris Commune in 1871 he provoked “as a member of the public welfare committee acts of the brutest vandalism” (Meyers). As above, but Feb. 2, 1871, and thus only a few days before his election for the National Assembly (Feb. 8th), which he did not entered however.

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Quinet, M. Edgar, the publicist and historian for literature as “La Violette”,

compiler/translator  of  Herder’s

Alfred Le Petit, M. Edgar Quinet

“Ideas  on  Philosophy”

(1827, 3 vols.), finally belonged “together with Victor Hugo and Louis Blanc (see these) to the leaders of the extreme left” (Meyers) in the National Assembly. In the foilage titles of his works and thoughts. As above, but March 9, 1871.

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Rochefort, Henri (impoverished count of R.-Lucay), journalist, editor of Charivari, Nain jaune, Soleil + Figaro, who dealt by means of his weekly Lanterne “deadly pinpricks to the second Empire” and finally in his L’Intransigeant

“insulted  every  government

Alfred Le Petit, Henri Rochefort

the  most  impudent  way

and agitated for the revenge war (against Germany)” (Meyers). Here in four aging heads as vine, “Le Raisin”, from the leaf base in the second up to the mature end. As above, but Feb. 9, 1871, and with 6liner.

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Schœlcher, M. (Victor), republican politician or redbean, “Le Haricot rouge”, barricade fighter of 1851, but also

author  of  an  esteemed

Alfred Le Petit, M. Victor Schœlcher

biography  on  Händel

(London 1857) from the time of his emigration to England during the second empire. Finally member of the senate for life. As above, but Feb. 16, 1871.

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Simon, M. Jules, the


Alfred Le Petit, M. Jules Simon

and  politician ,

moderate republican, anticlerical, opponent to Napoleon III, and finally senator for lifetime as “Le Pois de Senteur” in the window of a mansarde. As above, but Jan. 21, 1871, and 5liner.

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Thiers, M., statesman and historical writer, first lawyer, then journalist however, and finally as Prime Minister (Feb. 17th, thus just a few days after the caricature here as pear, “La Poire”) peace negotiator with Bismarck and


Alfred Le Petit, M. Thiers

of  the  Republic

the same year, “one of the most important statesmen of France in the 19th century and anyhow the most popular. His doctrine was that of the constitutional system, in which the enlightened, wealthy middle classes saw the best protection of its intellectual and material goods” (Meyers). On a wall board the pear heads of the Duc d’Aumale, Prince de Joinville, Comte de Paris, Duc de Nemours, Duc de Chartres. As above, but Feb. 14, 1871.

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Thomas, Clément, as forget-me-not – “Le Myosotis” – in boots and with sword including his mirror image “‘Souvenez vous de moi’ / A dit Clément Thomas le quatre de Septembre (1870, fall of the empire) … .”

Alfred Le Petit, Clément Thomas

As above, but Feb. 5, 1871, and 5liner.

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Tirard, M. P(ierre), goldsmith by profession, he became a politician and Prime Minister in the late ’80s. Since March 18th, thus briefly before the caricature here,

temporary  member

Alfred Le Petit, M. Pierre Tirard

of  the  Paris  Commune

he tried in vain to mediate between this and the National Assembly. Here as bristly thistle-knight “Le Chardon” at the head of his troops, “Vive la Commune”. As above, but March 30, 1871.

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Trochu, Le Général, Pink, “L’Oeillet”. As defender of Paris, which activity he called a “noble madness”, “his (unaccomplished) plan to break through to the northwest, to Rouen, was not foolish at all”. Already with his writing “L’armée française en 1867” (Paris 1867, 20th ed. 1870) he “uncovered with outrageous frankness all damages of the French army and

saw  the  only  healing

Alfred Le Petit, Le Général Trochu

in the acceptance

of the Prussian military system”

(Meyers). As above, but Jan. 11, 1871, and 8liner. – Weak to moderately (lower margin and on the back) fox-spotted. Restored tear in the upper margin.

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Veuillot, M. Louis. The publicist, ultra-orientated to coal, iron, and steel, as “Le Melon”, armored with a Cloche de Rome

Alfred Le Petit, M. Louis Veuillot

decorated with tiara and keys, and enlighted by a long altar candle held high like a sword. As above, but March 10, 1871.

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