ROUBILLE, Auguste Jean-Baptiste. ~ Musée des sires. Gueulerie contempoiraine. Paris: E.L. Juin for Antonin Reschal, Librairie parisienne Arnaud et Cie., [c. 1902].
13 large lithograph prints in colour (each 650 × 500 mm). All expertly preserved in recent window mounts.
A rare complete set of these large and fragile French caricatures, all of major world leaders, issued serially over the course of a year and thus rarely kept in complete sets. Roubille (1872-1955) was a prolific illustrator for the Paris comic press, contributing to Le Courrier Français, Le Rire, Le Sourire, Le Cri de Paris, Cocorico, and others. His illustrations also appeared in the first issue of L’Assiette au beurre and frequently thereafter. Musée des sires. Gueulerie contempoiraine combines two puns, the first suggesting a waxwork museum (musée de cires) while the second, Gueulerie contempoiraine is a cheeky reference to the series Galerie contemporaine and suggesting screaming, contorted faces (guelerie). The set comprises:
1. Queen Victoria ‘The Gracious Queen’.
2. Sir Paul Kruger, President of the Transvaal Republic (South Africa).
3. The Kaiser
4. Nicolas II
5. Abdul Hamid II, Emperor of the Ottomans (with hands covered in blood).
6. M. Emile Loubert
7. Humberto il Mustacho
8. The Prince of Wales
9. Cleopold II of Belgium
10. The Shah of Persia
11. Tze Chi, emperor of China
12. Oscar II of Sweden
13. Franz Josef II.