Wednesday, 1 June 2016


Charles Émile Jacque (1813–94)
“Laveuse” [Washerwoman], 1850, printed by Auguste Delâtre (1822–1907)
Etching on chine-collé on laid paper
Size: (sheet) 14 x 8.5 cm; (plate) 10.1 x 5.7 cm
Inscribed in the plate with the artist’s signature; (lower-left) “68”; (lower-right) “Paris Imp. Aug. Delatre [illegible]”. (Although the ending of the address is illegible, I suspect that it was intended to be “Rue de Bièvre, 19” as this was the printer’s address in 1850-3 at the time that the print was published.)

Guiffrey 1866 154 (undescribed state); IFF 250. (Note that this etching has at least two states: one without the printer’s address [BM 1866,0210.129] and the present state with the printer’s address [BM 1866,0210.130].) The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Woman doing her laundry in a wooden vat resting on a stool; with printer's address. 1850” (http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3501855&partId=1&searchText=charles+jacque+laveuse&page=1)

JJ Guiffrey in “L’Oeuvre de Ch. Jacque: Catalogue de ses Eaux-Fortes et Pointes Sèches” (1866) offers the following description of this print: “154. Laveuse. Une paysanne, le jupon retroussé & chaussée de sabots, lave dulinge dans un baquet élevé sur une sorte de trépied à gauche. Le fond n’est pas indiqué, 1850. Signé: Ch. Jacque.” (Google Trans.: “154. Washer. A peasant petticoat tucked & floor shoes, washing dulinge in high bucket on a sort of tripod left. The bottom is not shown, 1850. Signed: Jacque Ch.”

Condition: richly inked and crisp impression with small margins, a few dots in the margins; otherwise in near pristine condition.

I am selling this superb print that equals even the legendary prints of Millet for AU$138 (currently US$99.86/EUR89.08/GBP69.22 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this iconic image from the Barbizon School of artists, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


Although this print is physically small in size, the image of this young girl attending to her laundry projects a grand and noble vision of the humble scene. What I mean by this, is that the arrangement of the girl and her tripod washstand creates a cone-like form that seems as stable and visually calm as a piece of sculpture. To my eyes this small print has a grandeur of scale far beyond its true dimensions.



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