Le Grelot, 12 October 1873

Léonce Petit was a French painter, engraver, caricaturist and illustrator. Born Léonce Justin Alexandre Petit in Taden, near Dinan, he was a pupil of painters Henri Harpignies and François Augustin Feyen-Perrin. For nearly 20 years starting in 1863, Petit was a contributor to the magazine Le Journal Amusant. One of his most popular features for the magazine was 'Les Bonnes gens de Province', in which he humorously depicted everyday life in the province and in the country. He started using the comics format in 1871 with his picture stories series 'Histoires campagnardes'. These stories were also collected in book format.

M. Beton by Leonce Petit
Les Mésaventures de M. Bêton

Petit had previously used the sequential narrative for his series 'Les Mésaventures de M. Bêton', that was published in Le Hanneton from March 1867 until the end of the magazine's fun in August 1868. His art was present in most illustrated magazines of his time, including Le Grelot, La Lune and L'Eclipse. He published his novel 'Le Roman d'une cuisinière, raconté par son sapeur' with Guérin in 1866.

L'œuf d’ânesse by Leonce Petit
L´œuf d’ânesse (Le Journal Amusant, January 1874)

He also made the illustrations for 'Les Aventures de M. Tringle' by Jules Champfleury, and for books published by Delagrave, Flammarian, Hachette and Plon. Léonce Petit, who was called the "French Töpffer", spent 10 years suffering from gout, and passed away at the age of 45 in 1884.

Art by Leonce Petit
Croquis d'été - Joies et douleurs (L'Eclipse 150, 1874)

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