Saturday, 7 July 2018

Camille Corot’s etching, “Le Dôme Florentin”, 1869–70


Camille Corot (aka Jean Baptiste Camille Corot) (1796–1875)

“Le Dôme Florentin” (aka “Cathedral of Florence”), 1869–70, published in an edition of 50 impressions in 1910.

Etching with plate tone on cream laid (Japan) paper with margins as published in the limited edition of 50 proofs.
Size: (sheet) 32 x 23.5 cm; (plate) 23.4 x 16 cm
State ii (of iii) with the publication details “C. Corot inv. et sc.” lettered on plate before the edition of 350 impressions with the title, “Le Dôme florentin” at lower centre and “Le Peintre-graveur illustré T. V” at upper right.

Delteil 13. (Loys Delteil 1910, “Le peintre-graveur illustré [XIXe et XXe siècle]”, vol. 5, Paris); IFF 13; Melot 13 ((Michel Melot 1981, "Graphic Art of the Pre-Impressionists”, Harry N. Abrams, New York, p. 259)

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Tree in landscape with the Duomo visible beyond hills to right.”

See also the Rijksmuseum’s description of this print;
(transl.) “In a hilly landscape, a group of trees is in the foreground on the left with a standing figure below, perhaps a draftsman. To the right in the distance is a church with a large dome on the roof."

Condition: near faultless impression that is richly inked and evenly printed with light plate tone. There is darkening to the image and the surrounding margin to approximately 8 mm outside of the platemark. The verso has the remnants of archival mounting tape and there are collectors’ pencil notations recto and verso. There is also a bump with tears (15 x 5 mm) on the outer edge of the sheet at lower left.

I am selling this museum quality, rare (there were only 50 impressions printed in this second state edition) and important etching by one of the major artists of the 19th century, for the total cost of AU$3000 (currently US$2230.15/EUR1896.52/GBP1678.23 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this exceptionally rare and beautiful etching, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.



I originally purchased this etching from one of the major New York dealers in prints before the days when the internet made acquiring prints easy. I simply fell in love with the print and the fluid ease of Corot’s etched lines as they explore and establish what was in front of him.

What I hadn’t realised before I started to research this print is that Corot has featured himself—or at least another artist—engaged in drawing (?) to the right of the foreground tree. I shamefully admit that my eyes just didn’t see the figure! Instead, my attention was focused on Corot’s layered adjustments to the form of the clouds and how the tree branches are integrated with the rapidly hatched strokes toning the sky.







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