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Monday 15 June 2020

Théophile-Narcisse Chauvel’s etching, “Environs de Rouen (Seine Inférieure)”, 1873

Théophile-Narcisse Chauvel (1831–1909)

“Environs de Rouen (Seine Inférieure)”, 1873, printed and published in Paris in 1873 by Alfred Cadart (1828–1875) as plate 9 in “L'Eau-Forte” (a volume featuring four years of prints).

Etching with drypoint on laid paper.
Size: (sheet) 24 x 33.9 cm; (plate) 15.8 x 23.6 cm; (image borderline) 14.5 x 21.3 cm.
Numbered on plate above the image borderline: (right corner) “9.”
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “th Chauvel 78”
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “'Th. Chauvel, del. et scup.”; (centre)  “ENVIRONS DE ROUEN (Seine Inférieure).”; (right) “A. CADART, Edit. Imp. Rue Nve. des Mathurins, 58, Paris.”

IFF 25 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris, 1930)

The British Museum offers a description of this print:

Condition: richly inked, faultless impression in pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use).

I am selling this very beautiful print executed with great sensitivity—note how each stroke is shaped with the “right” curve, tone and size to visually explain the form of what is portrayed … even the vapourous volumes of clouds—for AU$210 (currently US$144.19/EUR128.06/GBP114.90 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 this romantic etching (with drypoint) showing a shepherdess pensively gazing at towards the estuary of the Seine at a time when lives were being changed as the new age of mechanisation advanced—perhaps the artist’s treatment of the twisting and twiggy form of the tree in the foreground stands as an analogue of the shepheress’ thoughts?—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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