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Saturday 4 May 2019

Ferdinand Gaillard's engraving, “Crepuscule”, 1876

Ferdinand Gaillard (aka Claude Ferdinand Gaillard) (1834-87)

“Crepuscule” (aka “Dusk”; “La Vierge de la Maison d'Orléans” [British Museum title]), 1876, after Michelangelo’s marble sculpture, “Dusk”, from the “Tomb of Lorenzo di Piero de’ Medici” in the Medici Chapel (Florence), published in “La Gazette des Beaux-Arts”, 1876, printed by Charles Chardon aîné (fl.1850s).

Note that this is the second impression of this print that I have posted. The previous impression was a proof state before lettering printed on vellum (now sold).
Engraving on chine collé buff-coloured wove (China) paper on thick white wove paper, trimmed within the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size:  (sheet) 17 x 23.1 cm; (chine collé) 16 x 22.5 cm
Lettered on plate: (lower left of centre) “GAZETTE DES BEAUX-ARTS”; (lower right) “Gaillard d’après Michel Ange / Imp. Ch Chardon aîné Paris”.
State v (of v).

Beraldi 1885-92 32.V (Henri Beraldi 1885–92, “Les Graveurs du dix-neuvième siècle”, 12 vols. plus supplement, Paris); IFF 51 (Département des Estampes 1930, “Inventaire du Fonds, Français: graveurs du XVIIe siècle”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale).

The British Museum offers a description of this print:

Condition: an incredibly delicate impression—so finely executed that, without examining the print with the aid of a jeweller’s loupe, I struggle to see how it was engraved—trimmed within the platemark but with small margins around the chine collé sheet. The sheet is in pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use).

I am selling this technically superb engraving by one of the most skilful of the 19th century master engravers for a total cost of AU$176 (currently US$123.66/EUR110.38/GBP93.90 at the time of 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 graphic representation of Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, 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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