Le Petit, Alfred (painter, lithographer, journalist, and chansonnier; Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909). M. (François Paul Jules) Grévy, twice president of the republic (1879/92), out of a bell-flower – “Campanule” – and swinging with one of these the then presidential (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 remained a “strict republican” for lifetime with strictly neutral guidance of his changing offices. 1876 president of the Chamber of Deputies he became “the head of the moderate republican party” after Thiers’ death. His first election to the president’s office took place with 563 against 99 voices. Colored lithograph. Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit 26 Juin 1871. PARIS, otherwise as above and below resp. 9¾ × 5⅜ in (24.7 × 13.6 cm). – Charming parliament sujet.

Alfred Le Petit, M. François Paul Jules Grévy ("Campanule")

Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – Plate 24 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:

« Quand la pivoine aux tons ardents / Blague le lys à pâle teinte, / La Clochette adroitement tinte: / C’est l’emblème des Présidents. »

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