1918 Prints Jean Droit Art World War I Poilu French Infantry Soldiers Voltigeur


"Poilus by a Poilu Artist"

This is an original 1918 set of six black and white halftone images (4 pages, 2 double-sided) of illustrations drawn by French artist and infantry officer, Jean Droit (1884-1961) of French infantrymen during World War I. The images include: grenadier; machine gunner; observer; stretcher bearer; rifle grenadier; and the voltigeur. Note: "Poilu" was slang term for a French World War I infantryman. Please see all images.


This 97+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Prints; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6.25 x 9.25 inches; 16 x 23 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

The use of editorial cartoons for propaganda purposes was widely popular during World War I. Almost every newspaper of note had their own staff cartoonist who created images (and unfortunately many stereotypes) to support the war effort at home and on the front lines. Period Paper is pleased to offer a collection of historical political editorial cartoons from 1917-1918. This collection includes the works of the era's noted cartoonists and illustrators and includes cartoons from Italian, German, and Dutch newspapers and journals as well as cartoons from the newspapers of the Allied powers. A fascinating look at "The Great War" or more cynically, "The War to End All Wars", though the eyes of these editorial cartoonists.

This piece was illustrated by Droit, Jean. Artist signature in print - embedded in image.

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