CATTELAIN, Philippe Auguste
Drypoint and roulette printed on laid paper.Reference: not in BN-IFF.Printed by Charles Delatre.Dedicated to Guerard in the plate.
Born in a family of simple means, in a France still politically very unsettled, Philippe-Auguste Cattelain (1838-1893) seems to have made a living both as a soldier and an artist. While active in the printing world already by the tender age of 14, he enlisted in the French army for seven years, fought at a volunteer in the Franco-Prussian war, and was part of the Commune. Throughout the rest of his life be seems to have worked as an illustrator, caricaturist and as a printmaker. Henri Béraldi wrote up a touching biographical sketch of the artist in Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle.