Le Petit, Alfred (painter, lithographer, journalist, and chansonnier; Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909). M. (Émile Maximilien Paul) Littré 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 stayed away from its sessions or withdrew. “1830 he fought with honor on the barricades”. Colored lithograph. Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit PARIS 1 février 1871, otherwise as above and below resp. 9⅞ × 5¼ in (25.1 × 13.4 cm).

Alfred Le Petit, M. Émile Maximilien Paul Littré ("Fleur Desséchée")

Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – Plate 11 of Le Petit’s Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes du Jour. – With the address of L’Éclipse and that of the printer Coulbœuf, both Paris. – Feeble brown stains in the white lower margin. – With H. Briollet’s quatrain:

« Littré, la fleur de la science, / D’un Dictionnaire accoucha, / A ce travail de patience, / La pauvre fleur se dessécha. »

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