Drawing for L'Opinion Publique
From: L'Opinion Publique (10 June 1880)

Henri Julien was a French Canadian cartoonist and painter, who was also known under his pseudonyms Octavo and Crincrin. He was born as Octave-Henri Julien in 1852 in Quebec City, and also spent parts of his childhood in Toronto and Ottawa. Both his father and his brothers worked in the printing industry, and Henri studied to become an engraver at William Leggo and George-Édouard Desbarats' company. He made his first cartoons for the Desbarats newspaper Canadian Illustrated until 1888, while also drawing for the satirical publications of Hector Berthelot, including Le Canard, Le Vrai Canard, Le Grognard and Le Violon. Besides caricatures and political cartoons, he also made journalistic drawings of the Canadian West and its Mounted Police, that were printed with articles in the Illustrated and L'Opinion Publique in 1874-1875.


Drawing for the Canadian Illustrated (1875)

He worked as artistic director for the Montreal Daily Star from 1888, and thus became the first Canadian cartoonist in full-time employment by a newspaper. He continued to makes illustrations of historical events and journalistic pieces, but became best-known for his sketches of parliamentarians in action, in which he effectively reproduced their expressions, gestures and movements.

A compilation of his work called 'Album drolatique du journal Le Farceur' was published in 1878, which can be considered as an ancestor to the modern comic album. Julien has furthermore made illustrations for the annual L'Almanach du Peuple, and for other Canadian publications like Grip, Dominion Illustrated, Favourite, Jester and Grelot. Abroad, his work has appeared in Harper's Weekly (USA), The Graphic (UK) and Le Monde Illustré and L'Illustration (France). He passed away in 1908.

The Mayor and the Board of Health
The Mayor and the Board of Health (1877)

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