Le Petit, Alfred (painter, lithographer, journalist, and chansonnier; Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909). (Léon) Gambetta, “principal 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 shortly afterwards by balloon. Here to the annoyance of the sun as sun-flower – “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. Colored lithograph. Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit PARIS 12 Janv. 1871, otherwise as above and below resp. 9¾ × 5⅜ in (24.7 × 13.6 cm).

Alfred Le Petit, Gambetta ("Le Soleil")

Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – Plate 2 of Le Petit’s Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes du Jour. – With the address of L’Éclipse and that of the printer Coulbœuf, both Paris. – White margins especially in the lower half feebly brown-stained. – With H. Briollet’s quatrain:

« Ce Tribun, la terreur des princes, / Depuis le Nord jusqu’au Midi, / Sut réchauffer dans les Provinces, / Le patriotisme engourdi. »

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