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Thursday 25 March 2021

Charles Jacque’s etching, “Moulins à Montmartre”, 1846

Charles Jacque (aka Charles Émile Jacque; Charles Jaque) (1813–1894)

“Moulins à Montmartre”, 1846, printed by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907) and published in Paris by Marchant (aka Alliance des Arts) (fl.c1830–1880).

Etching with plate tone printed on chine collé (China) in dark brown ink on wove paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 24.5 x 32.8 cm; (plate) 10.3 x 16.1 cm; (image borderline) 9.8 x 15.9 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (upper left) “CH. J. 1846.”

Inscribed on plate below the image borderline: (left) “[(A]lliance des Arts) Marchant, r. de Rivoli, 140.”; (right) Imp. Delâtre r. St Jacques, 265”.

State ii (of ii) with the inscribed publication details.

Guiffrey 134 (J.-J. Guiffrey 1866, “L'Oeuvre de Ch. Jacque”, Paris, Lemaire, p. 76, cat. no. 134); IFF 186 (Jean Adhémar & Jacques Lethève 1954, “Inventaire du Fonds Francais Apres 1800”, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, cat. no. 186).

Guiffrey (1866) offers the following description of this print:

(transl.) “The mills of Montmartre […]  their wings stand out from the front against the misty sky. A house separates them. In the foreground, two figures & pigs; on the left, a palisade; to the right at the back, shrubs” (p. 76).

See also the description offered by the British Museum—note that the BM describes the sky as “stormy” whereas Guiffrey (1866) sees it as “misty” (ciel brumeux):

Condition: a richly inked impression with generous margins in a near pristine (museum quality) condition with no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains or foxing.

I am selling Jacque’s marvellous and very poetic impression of the two windmills in Montmartre (Moulin Radet and Moulin de Blute-Fin) silhouetted against the first/last vestiges of light for AU$279 (currently US$212.11/EUR179.46/GBP154.88 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 romantic vision of Paris in the 19th century executed by one of the luminaries of the Barbizon School, 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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