Le Petit, Alfred (painter, lithographer, journalist, and chansonnier; Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909). Le Général (Louis Jules) Trochu as carnation, “L’Oeillet”. As defender of Paris, which activity he called a “noble madness”, “his (unaccomplished) plan to break through to the northwest, to Rouen, was not foolish at all”. Already with his writing “L’armée française en 1867” (Paris 1867, 20th ed. 1870) he “uncovered with outrageous frankness all damages of the French army and saw the only healing in the acceptance of the Prussian military system” (Meyers). Colored lithograph. Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit PARIS 11 Janv. 1871., otherwise as above and below resp. 10¼ × 5⅜ in (26 × 13.6 cm).
Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – Plate 1 of Le Petit’s Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes du Jour. – With the address of L’Éclipse and that of the printer Coulbœuf, both Paris. – Feebly to moderately (lower margin and on the back) foxing. Backed tear in the upper margin. – With H. Briollet’s eight-liner:
« Air: Du haut en bas! / Il a son plan / Sous trois cachets chez un notaire, / Il a son plan / Précis, infaillible, excellent. / Est-ce, un chef-d’œuvre militaire ? / N’en sachant rien l’on doit se taire / Il a son plan. »
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