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Monday 7 December 2020

Adolphe Appian’s etching, “Bords du Lac du Bourget”, 1866

Adolphe Appian (aka Jacques Barthélemy Appian) (1818–1898)

Bords du Lac du Bourget” (Banks of Lake Bourget) (aka “Punter on the shore of Lake Bourget” [Rijksmuseum title]), 1866, published in Paris by Cadart & Luce (1867–1870/1) in the journal, “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” (July 1866) and printed by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907).

Etching with plate tone on chine collé (China paper) on laid paper with small margins.

Size: (sheet) 17.5 x 27.5 cm; (plate) 14.6 x 23.5 cm; (image borderline) 11.6 x 21.3 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (upper left) “APPIAN. 1866”.

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”; (centre) “BORDS DU LAC DU BOURGET/ Imp.Delâtre, Paris.”; (right) “A.Appian pinxt. et sculpt.”

State ii (of ii) with the addition of publication details for the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts”.

Curtis & Prouté 21ii (Atherton Cutiis & Paul Prouté 1968, “Adolphe Appian son Oeuvre Gravé et Lithographié”, Paris, Paul Prouté, p. 21, cat. no. 21); Jennings 18 (Herbert H Jennings 1925, “Print Collector’s Quarterly,” vol. 12, no. 1, cat. no. 18); Nagler/Meyer 14 (Julius Meyer 1872–1885, “Neubearbeitete Auflage von Nagler's Künstler-Lexicon”, 2nd edition, vol. 2, Leipzig, p. 188, cat. no. 14).

The Rijksmuseum and the National Gallery of Art offer descriptions of this print:;

Condition: a richly inked and faultless museum-quality impression with small margins in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this poetically quiet and haunting etching exemplifying perfectly the graphic strength of this artist who is closely connected to the Barbizon School, for the total cost of AU$316 (currently US$233.40/EUR192.72/GBP175.95 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 small masterwork expressing (at least to my eyes) melancholic solitude, 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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