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Sunday, 29 March 2020

Edwin Landseer’s two etchings, “Asses and Horses”, 1821–24


Edwin Landseer (aka Sir Edwin Henry Landseer) (1802–1873)

Two etchings on a single plate, “Asses and Horses” (V&A title) (aka “Donkeys and Horses” [Algernon Graves 1874, “Catalogue of the Works of the late Sir Edward Landseer, RA”, cat. no. 74]), signed and dated below each etching and published by Ernest Gambart & Co. (1814–1902) in London in 1848.

(upper plate)
“The Common in Winter” (aka “The Donkeys on a Common”), 1824
(see Frederic George Stephens 1889, “Sir Edwin Landseer”, London, S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, p. x and p. 25: https://archive.org/details/gri_33125002524060/page/n53/mode/2up).

(lower plate)
“Old Horses” (V&A title), 1821
(see the description of both plates offered by the Victoria and Albert Museum:

Etchings on fine India paper trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderlines with plate number and publication details.
Size: (sheet) 21.9 x 14.9 cm; (upper image borderline) 9.1 x 14.5 cm; (lower image borderline) 8.8 x 14.5 cm.
Numbered on plate: (upper right corner) “No. 12”.
Lettered on plate below the upper image borderline: (right) “E L [artist’s monogram] 1824”.
Lettered on plate below the lower image borderline: (left) “London, Pub. 22nd. March 1848 by E. Gambart & Co.”; (right) “E L [artist’s monogram] 1821/ The Donkeys […].”  

Condition: excellent impressions trimmed close to the image borderlines in near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use).

I am selling this exceptionally rare pair of small original etchings—note that even the British Museum does not hold a copy of these etchings—by one of the best known of the 19th century English artists for AU$280 in total (currently US$172.70/EUR154.91/GBP138.70 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 these sensitively rendered studies where even the strokes describing the animals forms also hint at the tactile experience of their rough hair, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


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