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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Crayon-manner studies of a bearded head of a man and other studies, c1765

Unidentified 18th century French engraver (based on the paper and the privilege note)

“Plate 103: Head of a bearded man with studies of ears and an eye” (descriptive title only), c1765 (?), from an instructional manual for drawing (see, for example:

Crayon-manner stipple roulette etching on laid paper backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 24 x 31.5 cm.

Inscribed on plate: (upper right corner) “103”; (lower right corner) “Privilège du Roi.”

Condition: strong and well-printed impression with a narrow margin around the platemark (as published?) and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet has chipped corners on the right side and shows signs of handling (e.g. light chalk marks, a flattened crease and general dustiness appropriate to its function as instructional studies for art students).

I am selling this crayon-manner etching of superbly executed academic studies of facial features created as models for art students to copy, for AU$214 in total (currently US$154.81/EUR131.68/GBP119.92 at the time of posting this listing) 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 interesting sheet of academic studies—note, for instance the artist’s skill in representing the elderly man’s beard as white hair (as opposed to black hair) and how the upper-left study of an eye references the Renaissance convention of not portraying eyelashes (or showing only minimal eyelashes)—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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