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Wednesday 9 June 2021

Alfred Alexandre Delauney’s etching, “A Gouville (Manche)”, 1881

Alfred Alexandre Delauney (1830–1894)

“A Gouville (Manche)” (At Gouville [Manche]), 1881, plate 5 from the series, “L'Eau Forte en 1881”— a volume containing 124 prints by various artists during four years of “L'Eau-Forte” (1878–81)—printed and published by Alfred Cadart (aka Veuve Cadart) (1828–1875 [life dates]) in Paris.

Etching on buff coloured laid paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 47.3 x 35.3 cm; (plate) 29.5 x 19.6 cm; (image borderline) 28.4 x 18.7 cm.

Numbered in plate above the image borderline: (right) “5.”

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “ sc.”; (centre) “A GOUVILLE (Manche)”; (right) “VveA.Cadart.Edit.Imp. 56.Bard Haussmann,Paris.”

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offer the following description of this print:

“Scene around a farmyard well; man with horses; woman; chickens; ducks; old two wheel cart; house beyond” (

See also descriptions of this print offered by the British Museum, Harvard Art Museums and Des Moines Art Center:;;

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression with generously wide margins in pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this superb etching of rural life sparkling in early morning light close to where I understand that the artist was born, for the total cost of AU$239 (currently US$185.06/EUR151.88/GBP130.71 at the time of this listing) including 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 poetically beautiful etching that (to my eyes) captures the spirit of the time in which it was executed—viz. a fascination with the effects of light on surfaces (Impressionism); a liking for vertical formats (Japonisme); a love of rural subject matter (Barbizon School); a free use of the etching needle (Etching Revival)—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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