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Tuesday 2 June 2020

Charles Émile Jacque’s etching, “Moulins à Montmartre”, 1846

Charles Émile Jacque (1813–1894)

“Moulins à Montmartre” (Mills in Montmartre), 1846, published by Marchant (aka Alliance des Arts) (fl.1830–1880) in Paris.

Etching with plate tone on heavy wove paper. (Note that I am following the British Museum's description of the technique employed (viz. "etching with plate tone"), but there is a chance that Jacque may have use aquatint, foul biting or pitted the plate to hold the plate tone.)
Size: (sheet) 20 x 17.8 cm; (plate) 12 x 9 cm; (image borderline) 10.7 x 8 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (upper left corner) “'C.h Jacque 1846”.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “(Alliance des arts) Marchant, r. de Rivoli, 140”.
State ii (of ii) Guiffrey advises that the first state is pure etching and the second state is described as: “Effet de crépuscule, au grès”.

Guiffrey 118 (J.-J. Guiffrey 1866, “L'Oeuvre de Ch. Jacque”, Paris, Lemaire, p. 72, cat. no. 118); Bibliothèque Nationale, XI.107.157 (Jean Adhémar & Jacques Lethève 1954, “Inventaire du Fonds Francais Apres 1800”, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, cat. no. 157, p. 107); Beraldi 1885, VIII.184.118 (Henri Béraldi 1885–1892, “Les graveurs du XIXe siècle: Guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes” , vol. XII, Librairie L. Conquet, Paris, cat. no. 118, p. 184).

Guiffrey (1866) offers the following description of this print:
(transl.) “… side of a fairly steep slope, two mills are turned to the left. Between them, we discern a house.  To their left, a still young tree. In the background passes a man in a cart, behind him we see a small mill on a pole & several birds in the sky” (p. 72).

See also the descriptions of this print at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum:

Condition: well-printed impression in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, losses, stains or foxing).

I am selling this small jewel of an etching, executed by one of the luminaries of the Barbizon School, showing windmills in Monmartre silhouetted against the final glow of evening light, for AU$266 (currently US$182.20/EUR163.14/GBP145.31 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 darkly glowing etching exemplifying the artist’s romantic vision of France before the advent of industrialisation, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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