Le Petit, Alfred (painter, lithographer, journalist, and chansonnier; Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909). Henri Rochefort (impoverished count of R.-Lucay), journalist, editor of Charivari, Nain jaune, Soleil + Figaro, who dealt by means of his weekly Lanterne “deadly pinpricks to the second Empire” and finally in his L’Intransigeant “insulted every government the most impudent way and agitated for the revenge war (against Germany)” (Meyers). Here in four aging heads as vine, “Le Raisin”, from the leaf base in the second up to the mature end. Colored lithograph. Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit PARIS 9 Février 1871., otherwise as above and below resp. 10 × 5¼ in (25.3 × 13.5 cm).

Alfred Le Petit, Henri Rochefort-Lucay ("Le Raisin")

Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – Plate 15 of Le Petit’s Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes du Jour. – With the address of L’Éclipse and that of the printer Coulbœuf, both Paris. – The edge of the white lower margin somewhat browned. – With H. Briollet’s six-liner:

« Notre Député Rochefort, / Comme on le voit, ressemble fort / A la grappe / D’un raisin aux grains savoureux, / d’ou s’èchappe / Un vin clair, rouge et généreux. »

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