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Le Petit, Alfred (painter, lithographer, journalist, and chansonnier; Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909). M. (Gustave) Dorian, Minister of Works and Armaments Production, as wrongfully some places reviled good old potato – “La Pomme de Terre” – in his capacity as defender of, this time Paris, before the “Magasin des Accessoires” bristling with weapons. Colored lithograph. Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit PARIS. 20 Janv. 1871, otherwise as above and below resp. 9⅝ × 5⅜ in (24.3 × 13.6 cm).

Alfred Le Petit, M. (Gustave) Dorian ("La Pomme de Terre")

Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – Plate 5 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:

« Tandis qu’en plein azur en vain le poëte erre, / Il agit, Dorian, chacun le reconnait; / Dans la réalité qui nous étreint, l’on n’est / Jamais trop homme de terre. »

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