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Wednesday 27 February 2019

Ernst Friedrich von Liphart’s frontispiece etching, “Venus”, 1881

Ernst Friedrich von Liphart (1847–1932)

“Venus”, 1881, frontispiece to the journal containing 32 etchings, “L’Illustration Nouvelle”, Part 2, 13th yr., 13th vol., 1881, published in France by Veuve A. Cadart for the Société des peintres-graveurs Français.

Etching on buff-coloured laid paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 38.6 x 26.3 cm; (plate) 28.1 x 20 cm.
Inscribed on plate on banner: “L’ILLUSTRATION NOUVELLE / 1881 / ANNÉE"
Proof impression before lettering for publication.

Reference: Martin Hardie 1903.Catalogue of Prints”, cat. National Art Library (Great Britain), South Kensington, Wyman and Sons, p. 132, item 27759.F.I.
Note: this publication is available online or for free downloading from

Condition: crisp and faultless impression. There is unevenness of colour/tone on the left margin otherwise the sheet is in excellent condition and laid upon a support sheet of millennium quality washi paper

I am selling this showpiece etching executed for the influential French Society of Painters and Etchers to herald the advance of etching against what the Society members perceived to be the demise of engraving in the 19th century, for AU$188 (currently US$134.85/EUR118.29/GBP101.24 at the time of posting this listing) 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 symbolically rich revision of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”, showing the goddess standing afloat on a small shell, 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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