Le Petit, Alfred (painter, lithographer, journalist, and chansonnier; Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909). Jules Ferry, politician, lawyer, and journalist, 1870 successor of Étienne Arago as mayor of Paris, under Thiers prefect of the Seine department, in the National Assembly and Chamber of Deputies “leader of the republican left, 1880 Prime Minister, an office he gave up in 1881 in favor of Gambetta”. Here as narcissus – “Le Narcisse” – in full figure looking at his mirror (head) image. “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”. Colored lithograph. Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit PARIS 27. Janv. 1871, otherwise as above and below resp. 9⅞ × 5⅜ in (25 × 13.7 cm).

Alfred Le Petit, Jules Ferry ("Le Narcisse")

Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – Plate 10 of Le Petit’s Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes du Jour. – With the address of L’Éclipse and that of the printer Coulbœuf, both Paris. – The wide white lateral margin feebly brown-stained on the left. – With H. Briollet’s quatrain:

« Eloquent comme Mirabeau, / Fait au moule comme un cent garde, / Jules Ferry voit tout en beau / Et surtout lorsqu’il se regarde. »

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