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Saturday 15 December 2018

Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine’s etching, “Bust of a Smiling Young Man”, 1776

Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine (aka Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gordaine) (1745–1830)

“Bust of a Smiling Young Man” (MIA title), 1776
Etching, drypoint and engraving on ivory Japanese (wove) paper with small margins (replenished lower right corner) and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 4.9 x 3.8 cm; (plate) 3.9 x 2.7 cm
Signed and dated on plate at upper left.
State ii (The British Museum holds a first state impression before hatched tone was added to the upper corners: BM No. 1877,1013.721)

Hillemacher 1848 67.II (Frédéric Hillemacher 1848, “Catalogue des estampes qui composent l'oeuvre de J. P. Norblin”, Paris).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Bust of a bearded man, turned to left, with skullcap and curly hair; second state, with top corners cross-hatched.”
See also the description of this print at the Minneapolis Institute of Art:; and at the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: faultless impression of this miniature etching laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The corner of the lower right margin is lost and has been replenished with watercolour on the support sheet; otherwise the sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions stains, foxing, or signs of use).

I am selling this tiny jewel of an etching by one of the most important artists of the Enlightenment in Poland for AU$256 (currently US$183.93/EUR162.62/GBP146.10 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 small masterwork from the 1700s following in the tradition of Rembrandt, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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