Henri-Pierre Roché, whose name is inscribed on the reverse of this print, is rarely referenced today, but he was nonetheless a highly significant figure in the story of the Paris avant-garde of the early 20th century. Roché (1879-1959) was an author, best known for the novel Jules et Jim. Urbane, intellectually sophisticated, and with a sure eye for true invention and integrity in art, he played an important role in the Paris art scene during the birth of modernism. As a refined connoisseur, adviser, and agent, he provided counsel and support to key players in this milieu -- he worked with the great collector Jacques Doucet, introduced Gertrude Stein to Picasso, financed Man Ray's first studio, befriended and supported Brancusi, and acted as cultural guide to the young Indian Prince destined, as Maharaja of Indore, to earn a reputation as a notable patron of modern art and architecture. It was Roché, typically, who stimulated the Prince's passion for the sculptures of Brancusi.