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Tuesday 1 September 2020

Paul Edme Le Rat’s drypoint, “Trop Chaude”, 1875


Paul Edme Le Rat (aka Paul Edmunde Le Rat; Paul Edme Lerat) (1842–1892)

“Trop Chaude” (Too Hot), 1875, Plate 24 from the series “L'Eau Forte en 1875,” containing 136 prints by various artists, including Daubigny, Legros, De Nittis and Appian (see, published by Alfred Cadart (1828–1875) in Paris in a volume of four years of “L'Eau-Forte,” c1875.

Drypoint with pale plate tone on chine collé on laid paper with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 52.5 x 35.5 cm; (plate/chine collé) 26 x 19.9 cm; (image borderline) 21 x 15.9 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower centre in reverse) “LE RAT”.

Numbered and lettered on plate: (upper right corner) “24.”; (lower left corner) “P. Le Rat, del. et sc.”; (lower centre) “TROP CHAUDE.”; (lower right corner) “A. Cadart, Edit. Imp. 56, Bard Haussman, Paris.”

IFF 24 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes).

The British Museum offers a description of this print:

Condition: marvellous, near faultless impression with generously wide margins (as published) in an almost pristine condition for its age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or significant signs of handling).

I am selling this superb drypoint executed with great sensitivity and skill, showing a mother blowing on a spoonful of food to cool it—hence the title “Too Hot!”— before feeding her baby, for the total cost of AU$224 (currently US$165.45/EUR138.20/GBP123.19 at the time of 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 exceptional drypoint, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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