From the front fly leaf, we have the following.
Well, I had not heard of Dubout before this book, and neither had I heard of Emmett, so I turned to our trusty Wikipedia to find all about Emmett. Now this post is not about him, but since the book blurb mentioned him, we ought to know something about him.
So, from Wikipedia, we have these excerpts:
Frederick Rowland Emett (22 October 1906 – 13 November 1990) OBE, known asRowland Emett (with the forename sometimes spelled “Roland” [as his middle name appears on his birth certificate] and the surname frequently misspelled “Emmett”), was anEnglish cartoonist and constructor of whimsical kinetic sculpture.
Emett was born in New Southgate, London, the son of a businessman and amateur inventor, and the grandson of Queen Victoria‘s engraver. He was educated at Waverley Grammar School in Birmingham, where he excelled in drawing, caricaturing his teachers and also vehicles and machinery.
Well, now we know why he was referenced in the above fly leaf. If you are so inclined, please browse the internet, as I have nothing further to add.
So, back to our cartoonist, Albert Dubout. From the title page,
I am not quite certain why a publisher in 1956 London would publish a book of cartoons about the french railroad. Perhaps, it was to point out that the UK trains weren’t all that bad, after all. Of course, one only has to page through the Giles’ collections to see how UK cartoonists felt about their trains. I will say, however, that Giles provided his trains in minute, accurate detail.
So, what do we know about the cartoonist. Well, there is a French website about him. It is in French, naturally, however my transliteration of this site has him married 1925 to Renee Altier, and in 1968 a remarriage to Suzanne Balliuet.
Turning to wikipedia, as I often do, we find that the ‘remairrage’ part was a second wife. Also from that site we have,
He also created movie and theatre posters as well as theatrical sets. He worked in advertising, painted oil canvases (over 70 in total) and illustrated many book covers and record sleeves.
Albert Dubout also illustrated Gargantua and Pantagruel, oeuvres of the famous French satirist Rabelais. One of his favorite and perhaps unwilling models were an obese tobacconist and the small and scrawny tax collector who lived in the forties and fifties in Agde, Herault, France.
Evidently, there is a museum dedicated to his work. There is a video, in French, of what seems to be a tour/description of the exhibits.
Under the Culture tab on the website for Palavas Les-Flots, there is the following description of the museum. (Again, transliterated)
For several decades, the cartoonist Albert Dubout crunched under the pencil lines and incisive caricatures, life Palavas which he belonged. He has immortalized scenes of the daily life of people from the south and their culture. Today, no one can make reference to Palavas-les-Flots without involving inevitably the image of Dubout.
The exhibits illustrate what he observed at the time as part of the history of the resort vacation, steam train, transport, sport, society …
The entryway to the museum is interesting.
There is a site dedicated to plates, yes plates, of cats. Guess he was well known for both.
And another site with more cats gracing tableware. Somehow I envision elderly ladies wafting lilac scent, handing round plates of biscuits, while numerous felines twine around the feet of visitors.
OK, he liked cats. You can view many of his drawings on a google image site. There are even a few dogs there. Damn few.
Now let us look at some of the drawings from the above book.
The following reminds me of a train ride from Hull to Aberdeen during a train strike. Or was it called an ‘industrial action?’ Inaction? Actually, we were one step ahead of the strike all the way north.
Oops. And the last one.
Well, hope you enjoyed them.