Large 19th.c. woodcut poster ‘Napoleon Le Grand’ by the celebrated French publisher ‘Imagerie Pellarin a Epinal’. Splendid naive image of Napoleon I on his famous grey mount Marengo printed onto watermarked Arches paper (Arches was a town near to the Pellarin press in Epinal in North Eastern France) with hand coloured detail. Excellent condition, presented in a late 19th.c. oak frame.
Interestingly the expression image d’Épinal has become proverbial in French and refers to an emphatically traditionalist and naïve depiction of something, showing only its good aspects.
Dimensions: 26½”, height 32″.