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Tuesday 8 December 2020

Alfred Louis Brunet-Debaines’ etching (with drypoint), “The Burial of Wilkie”, 1874, after Turner

Alfred Louis Brunet-Debaines (1845–1939)

“The Burial of Wilkie” (aka “Funérailles de Wilkie, d'après Turner” [Beraldi title]), 1874, after Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) published in London by Seeley & Co (aka L & G Seeley) (fl.1839–early XXc) as illustration plate to “The Portfolio” (1874) and (according to Henri Beraldi [1888]) printed by Goupil (fl.1827–1919).

Etching with drypoint on cream laid paper.

Size: (sheet) 29.9 x 22.2 cm; (plate) 21.7 x 19.9 cm; (image borderline) 15.9 x 15.5 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left) “A Brunet-Debaines”.

IFF 13 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes); Beraldi 25 (Henri Beraldi 1888, “Les graveurs du 19e siècle; guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes”, vol. 4, Paris, L Conquet, p. 24, cat. no. 25 [see]).

The Curator of the British Museum advises that Turner’s painting translated into this etching “was pair to 'War, the Exile and the Rock Limpet' (Butlin & Joll 400)” and offers the following description of this print:

“Burial of Wilkie at sea; a ship at centre, with flames and smoke seen blowing to the left; in the far distance at left and right, boats; after JMW Turner (Butlin & Joll 399); illustration to 'The Portfolio' of 1874; state with engraver's name”


Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression (near faultless) in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this stunningly beautiful etching showing a distant blaze of light on a steamship as Turner’s friend, Sir David Wilkie, R.A., is given an evening sea burial off the coast of Gibraltar in June 1841, for AU$224 (currently US$166.34/EUR137.23/GBP124.71 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 but graphically powerful etching capturing the drama of Turner’s painting in line, 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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