Le Petit, Alfred (painter, lithographer, journalist, and chansonnier; Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909). M. Félix Pyat, lawyer by profession, he succeeded as radical journalist, thus here then as red radish – “Le Radis” – at the time of the siege of Paris writing his “Le Vengeur” with red ink. Elected for the Paris Commune in 1871 he provoked “as member of the public welfare committee acts of the brutest vandalism” (Meyers). Colored lithograph. Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit PARIS 2 Février 1871, otherwise as above and below resp. 9⅞ × 5¼ in (25.1 × 13.4 cm).
Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – Plate 8 of Le Petit’s Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes du Jour, published only a few days before Pyat’s election into the National Assembly (Feb. 8.) which he did not enter, however. – With the address of L’Éclipse and that of the printer Coulbœuf, both Paris. – Feeble brown stain in the white lower margin. – With H. Briollet’s quatrain:
« Banni par l’Empereur, dans la libre Angleterre / Il a passé de longs jours, / Et rentra parmi nous sitôt l’Empire à terre. / Le radis revient toujours »
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