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Thursday 6 August 2020

Charles Émile Jacque’s etching, “Summer”, 1864

Charles Émile Jacque (1813–1894)

“Summer” (aka “L'Été”), 1864, after Charles Jacque’s painting of the same composition, plate 9 from an untitled series of twenty-four etchings published in 1864 (Guiffrey [1866] cat. nos. 177 to 212) and printed by Sarazin (aka Sarasin) (fl.c.1846–1880) in Paris.

Etching with dot roulette (and, according to Guiffrey [1866], with engraving and drypoint) on chine collé on heavy wove paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 32.3 x 25.7 cm; (plate) 21.2 x 13.2 cm; (chine collé) 14 x 10.7 cm; (image borderline) 13.1 x 9.8 cm.

Numbered above the image borderline: (left) “No. 9”; (right) “2.”

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “CH JACQUE.”; (centre) “L'ÉTÉ”; (right) “SARAZIN IMP.”

State ii (of ii) with additional touches of engraving and drypoint.

Guiffrey 1866, 92.185 (J.-J. Guiffrey 1866, “L'Oeuvre de Ch. Jacque”, Paris, Lemaire, p. 92, cat. no. 185); IFF XI.115.288 (Jean Adhémar, Jacques Lethève 1954, “Inventaire du Fonds Francais Apres 1800”, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, p. 115, cat. no. 288); Beraldi 1885, VIII.188.185 (Henri Beraldi 1885, “Les graveurs du XIXe siècle: Guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes,” vol. XII, Librairie L. Conquet, Paris, p. 188, cat. no. 185).

Guiffrey (1866) offers the following description of this print:

(Google Transl.) “A country girl, dressed in a dress which leaves her shoulder and her leg bare, is sitting on a mound under a tree near a rough fence. She gives [food?] to a little bird. On the other side of the fence, a shepherd in a wide hat, in a cloak, is leaning on his elbows, talking to the maiden of the fields. His flock spreads over an eminence separated in two by a plank fence, at the top of which the silhouette of the dog stands out against the sky” (p. 92).

See also the descriptions of this print at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: ;;

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression with generous margins. The sheet is in near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, losses, stains, foxing or significant signs of use).

I am selling this exceptionally beautiful and ultra-fine masterpiece of 19th century etching executed by one of the luminaries of the Barbizon School for AU$236 (currently US$169.45/EUR142.98/GBP128.81 at the time of posting this print) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 technically stunning etching exemplifying the artist’s romantic vision of rural life in France in the 19th century, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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