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Monday 16 December 2019

Bernard Picart's etching, “L’Enlévement des Sabines”, c. 1730

Bernard Picart (1673–1733)
“L’Enlévement des Sabines” (The Abduction of the Sabines), c.1724/33 (the time span results from the earliest dated print in the series [plate 42] inscribed 1724 and the latest dated print [plate L] inscribed 1733), after a drawing by Raphael (aka Raffaello; Raffaello Santi; Raffaello Sanzio) (1483–1520) once in the collection of the Dutch collector Antonie Rutgers (1695–1778) (based on the inscription on the plate) but no doubt sold in the 1778 auction of Rutgers’ collection, plate 3 from the series, “Impostures Innocentes, ou Recueil d'estampes d'après divers peintres illustres” (Innocent Impostures, or Collection of Prints from Various Illustrious Painters), published in 1734 in Amsterdam. This impression is from circa 1822 (based on the watermark, “1822”).
Etching printed with brown ink with plate tone on early wove paper with the watermark numbered “1822”.
Size: (sheet) 28.1 x 42.9 cm; (plate) 14.1 x 21.2 cm.
Inscribed on plate: (upper edge at centre) “Gravé par B. Picart, d'aprés le dessein de Rafaël, du Cabinet de Mr. Rutgers.”; (upper right corner) “3”.
Inscribed in pencil in lower margin edge: “Raub der Sabinerinnen” (Rape of the Sabine). offers an online view (and free download) of Picart’s complete publication from 1734, which includes the list of titles of the plates on pages 25–26 and this print featured on page 51:
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Plate 3: a frieze of nude figures, with at left two men turned to the left, at centre two men seizing a woman, and at right a man running to the left whilst turning round; after Raphael. c.1724/33”
Condition: well-printed (near faultless) impression with even plate tone and generously wide margins (as published). The sheet is in very good condition (i.e. there are no tears, folds, holes, losses, abrasions, significant stains or signs of handling).
I am selling this exceptionally beautiful etching for a total cost of AU$216 (currently US$148.59/EUR133.31/GBP110.95 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 sensitive translation of Raphael’s drawing into an etching, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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