Le Petit, Alfred (painter, lithographer, journalist, and chansonnier; Aumale 1841 – Levallois-Perret 1909). M. Louis Veuillot. The publicist, ultra-orientated to coal, iron, and steel, as “Le Melon”, armored with a Cloche de Rome decorated with tiara and keys, and enlightened by a long altar candle held high like a sword. Colored lithograph. Inscribed: Alfred Le Petit 10 Mars 1871, otherwise as above and below resp. 9⅝ × 5⅜ in (24.5 × 13.6 cm).
Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des Illustrateurs, p. 622. – Plate 25 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:
« Elle a beau revenir de Rome, / Humide encor du goupillon, / Sous une cloche, aulieu d’un homme, / On ne peut trouver qu’un melon. »
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“ … that I have received the parcel in good order. Very well and professional packed indeed. The litho of Mourot is according to my expectations. The drawing is rare. Colouring most probably same time … ”
(Mr. P. v. d. W., June 26, 2003)