The full title reads, "Mimi Pinson, who has become a great lady,
will never take her coachman as a lover"
An original design by Leandre, who's title reads like the first
line of a romance novel, as we look at this beautiful delicate lady,
Mimi Pinson, that Leandre draws with such affection. This is in
stark contrast to his wicked wit (see PL.206),
which created scathing, almost ugly, caricatures such as those seen
in his contributions to the popular "Le
Rire". The chubby coachman stands elegantly behind our
lady, a hint of forest and birds flying create a romantic backdrop.
It is said that Mimi Pinson was the literary archetype of the easygoing
Subscribers to the Maitre de l'Affiche
series received four special plates annually. These premium original
lithographs, each an original design, were created specifically
for this series, and are not seen in any other format, unlike the
regular plates, which are reduced versions of larger posters.
We are most fortunate to have had the inclusion of the Special
Plates (Sp), as each one is a true example of the artist's creativity
and skill. The artist is unencumbered with a product or service
to advertise, and can express himself more freely, demonstrating
his drawing ability, the essence of graphic art, with only one or
two colours. For many collectors these unique Special Plates are
more desirable than any of the regular plates.