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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Marcel Kamm’s etching, "Combat du Giaour et du Pacha", c.1856, after Eugène Delacroix


Marcel Kamm (active mid-19th century)

"Combat du Giaour et du Pacha", c.1856, after Eugène Delacroix’s (aka Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix) (1798–1863) painting, “A Turk Surrenders to a Greek Horseman”, 1856, in the collection of the Harvard Art Museums (https://hvrd.art/o/303412). The portrayed subject illustrates an episode in Lord Byron's (1788–1824) 1813 poem “The Giaour, a Fragment of a Turkish Tale”, featuring the Venetian Giaour (a Turkish word for a non-Muslim/infidel) on a Greek battlefield drawing his gun on the Pasha (a Turk named Hassan) to avenge his lover’s death.

Etching with engraving on heavy cream-coloured wove (Japan) paper with wide margins.
Size: (sheet) 45 x 31.3 cm; (plate) 29.3 x 23 cm; (image borderline) 24.3 x 19.2 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower-left corner) “Eug. Delacroix/ 1856”.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “EUG. DELACROIX. pinx.”; (centre) "COMBAT DU GIAOUR ET DU PACHA"; (right) “MARCEL KAMM. sculp.”

Interestingly, there is no record of this print in any major museum repository or reference to this print currently online.

Condition: richly inked and faultless impression with generous margins in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains or foxing).

I am selling this visually arresting etching illustrating an episode of avengeance in Lord Byron’s poem, “The Gaur, a Fragment of a Turkish Tale” (1813), for the total cost of AU$182 (currently US$119.53/EUR108.91/GBP97.84 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 curiously undocumented etching after Delacroix’s 1856 painting, executed by an equally undocumented/forgotten 19th century printmaker of exceptional skill (viz. Marcel Kamm), please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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