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La France Touristique et Gastronomique 1948

  • Author: LANDELLE, Willy (artist)
  • Publisher: Editions Jacques-Petit, Anjou
  • Date: 1948
  • Dimensions: 44 x 54 cms


Amusing pictorial map of France [1948] designed by Willy Landelle, promoting the country’s gastronomic & tourist attractions

About this piece:

La France Touristique et Gastronomique…

Colour printed map. Flat sheet, originally laid down on thin cardboard backing. Tiny area of waterstaining in lower right corner at sheet edge. Otherwise a very fine & clean example.

This uncommon & attractive pictorial map promoting the touristic & gastronomic delights of post-war France was designed by provincial artist and illustrator, Willy Landelle and copyrighted in 1948 by Editions Jacques-Petit of Anjou.

Landelle, a native of Anjou, and had already undertaken commissions for local publishers, Editions Jacques-Petit, including an equally entertaining pictorial map of post-war Paris which appeared in a number of different formats & editions after 1946. Biographically, little is known of Landelle himself. He was married in Anjou in 1930 and his wide-ranging and long-lasting artistic career straddled both the pre- and post-war periods.

Continuing in the tradition of Cadet de Gassicourt’s first gastronomic map of France [1809], Landelle presents an inviting pictorial snapshot of the country’s culinary delights and gastronomic specialities. Clearly aimed at enticing foreign tourists to France in the aftermath of World War II, the map also highlights France’s unrivalled coastlines, beaches, mountains, vineyards and recreational attractions as well as her rich archaeological & architectural heritage from Breton dolmen, through medieval chateaux and cathedrals, to Monsieur Eiffel’s famous Parisian Tower.

Refs: Rumsey Collection