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Thursday, 4 February 2021

Edwin Landseer’s etching, “The Frog,” 1822


Edwin Landseer (aka [Sir] Edwin Henry Landseer) (1802–1873)

“The Frog” (aka “Dogs Worrying a Frog” [Algernon Graves’ title]), 1822, proof before lettering and dry stamped with the E Gambart & Co seal in the margin at lower centre, later published as plate 6 in a folio of 17 prints, “Etchings by Edwin Landseer,” by Ernest Gambart & Co (1814–1902) in London in 1848.

Etching on cream chine collé (China paper) on heavy wove paper with wide margins, blind stamped by the publisher.

Size: (sheet) 43.6 x 60cm; (plate) 16.4 x 22.6 cm; (chine collé) 16 x 22.3 cm.

Inscribed on plate: (lower-right corner) “EL/ 1822”.

Graves 57 (Algernon Graves 1874/1900, “Catalogue of an exhibition of the engraved works of the late Sir Edwin Landseer, comprising several private etchings by Her Majesty the Queen, H.R.H. the Prince Consort, and by the Duchess of Bedford, now on view at Messrs. Henry Graves & Co.'s Galleries,” London, Henry Graves & Co., p. 6, cat. no. 57; see https://archive.org/details/catalogueofexhib00grav/page/6/mode/2up).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Two dogs playing with a frog they have discovered by a stream”

(https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1876-1014-340).

Condition: strong and well-printed impression. Beyond a spot verso (not visible recto) and a minor bump on the lower-right corner, the sheet is in a near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, significant stains, or foxing.

I am selling this exceptionally rare proof state etching (before lettering and numbering for publication) executed by the hand of one of the most famous of the English animaliers—especially well remembered for his lion sculptures at the base of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square—for AU$389 (currently US$296.74/EUR247.34/GBP216.99 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 genuine Landseer etching (as opposed to the large number of prints after Landseer’s designs), please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold










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