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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Raffaele Albertolli's aquatint, “Eagle and Snake on a Laurel wreath”, 1793


Raffaele Albertolli (1770–1812)

“Eagle and Snake on a Laurel Wreath” (descriptive title only), 1793, plate 11 (“Tav. XI”) in the series of 20 plates (with the addition of a title and dedication plate to Lodovico Galeazzo Busca Arconati Visconti, marchese di Lomagna) after Giocondo Albertolli (1742–1839) in “Miscellanea per i giovani studiosi del disegno .... Parte terza” (Miscellanea for young scholars of drawing .... Third part), 1796, published by Giocondo Albertolli in Milan, page 26.

(This book is available to view online or to download free of charge from archive.org which also offers detailed information about the publication:

Aquatint with dot roulette etching printed with sanguine coloured ink on heavy laid paper with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 58 x 45 cm; (plate) 32 x 38 cm.
Numbered on plate at upper right: “Tav.XI.”
Lettered on plate along the lower edge: (left) “Giocondo Albertolli inc.e dis. 1793”; (right) “Raffaelo Albertolli inc.”

Condition: crisp, richly inked and near faultless impression with generous margins (as published). There is a light wave (cockle) to the left edge and the sheet is cut unevenly on the left, otherwise the sheet is in an excellent/museum quality condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use).

I am selling this large and magnificent aquatint of an eagle engaging with a snake—I think that they are about to attack each other!—for AU$380 (currently US$263.50/EUR236.60/GBP208.48 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 stunningly beautiful and lifetime impression dated on the plate, “1793”, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.










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