An original design by Willette, softly rendered showing an unusual
scene. A pretty young woman, her breasts bared, is
rolling yarn into a ball from her impatient helper, a frowning impatient
cherub. Willette's exceptional drawing skill is demonstrated here
in this fanciful rendering.
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.