Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Giuseppe De Nittis’ etching, “Vue prise à Londres”, c.1876/80
Giuseppe De Nittis (1846–1884)
“Vue prise à Londres” (View taken in London) (aka “Vista di Londra sotto un ponte di ferrovia” [View of London under a railroad bridge]), c.1876/80, after the artist’s painting (in reverse), “Sotto il Viadotto” (Under the Viaduct), executed on a visit by artist to London in the late 1870s (see the BM curator’s comment for inv. no. 2003,0831.13) and published in the posthumous edition for the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” in Paris in 1884.
The Curator of the British Museum (op. cit.) offers the following insight about the subject matter of this print extracted from Donato Esposito’s, “[Recent] Acquisitions”, British Museum Magazine, No.50 (Winter 2004), p.47:
“De Nittis' interest in railways as a subject also led him to make a monotype of the Gare de l'Ouest in Paris, and to paint 'The train passes' in 1878, and 'Goodsheds of a railway station' in 1879 (both in the Pinacoteca Museo De Nittis, Barletta).”
Etching and drypoint with light plate tone printed in bistre coloured ink on laid paper with margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 18.3 x 27.5 cm; (plate) 14 x 21.8 cm.
Inscribed on plate: (lower right corner) “Gazette des Beaux-Arts”.
Beraldi 9 (Henri Beraldi 1885–92, “Les graveurs du 19e siècle; guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes”, vol. 10, Paris, L Conquet, p. 100, cat. no. 9); Fiorani 38. (Fabio Fiorani [ed.] 1999, “De Nittis Incisore”, Rome, Artemide Edizioni, cat. no. 38).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“A view along the Thames Embankment, with a horse-drawn cab passing under an iron bridge”
See also the description of this print offered by MC Gallery:
Condition: richly inked and well-printed (faultless) impression with margins as published in the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts”. The sheet is in near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, folds, holes, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use).
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