Paris: 1916. Limited edition. Signed in the author's hand, titled, dated and numbered in pencil. Limited edition lithograph by a master caricaturist, spoofing the giving of money in WWI for France's national defense.
Depicting a handsome young man ("le prodigue", the prodigal one) handing a gold coin to a winged female figure representing France (la defense nationale), as an old miser (l'avare, the greedy one) with bags of gold tries to stop him.
Leandre (1862 - 1930) French cartoonist, lithographer and painter, was noted for his caricatures which appeared in leading publications such as Le Rire, Le Chat Noir, Le Figaro and le Journal Amusant. Leandre also illustrated works of prominent French authors Flaubert, de Maupassant and Balzac.
12 1/2 x 17 1/4". Signed in the print at the lower left and in pencil at the lower right, dated 1916, and with the limitation number 224 of 300 copies. The caption written in pencil at the left. Fox spotting in the margins, especially the lower margin, not affecting the printed area. Printed on thick art paper. Very good overall. Item #24452