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Friday 18 June 2021

Charles Jacque’s etching, “Première Leçon d'Équitation”, 1864

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

Première Leçon d'Équitation” (aka “First Riding Lesson”), 1864, plate 2 from the series of twenty-five etchings, “Several Rural and Pastoral Compositions” (Rijksmuseum title),  printed by Sarazin (fl.c1846–1867) in Paris and published in 1864 (Guiffrey cat. nos. 177 to 201).

Etching with drypoint and roulette on chine collé on heavy wove paper.

Size: (sheet) 22.8 x 27.2 cm; (chine collé) 12.5 x 16.8 cm; (image borderline) 11.3 x 15.8 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “Ch. Jacque”.

Numbered on plate above the image borderline: (left corner) “Pl.2”; (right corner) “3”.

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “CH. JACQUE”; (centre) “PREMIÈRE LEÇON D'ÉQUITATION”; (right) “SARAZIN. IMP”.

Final lettered state. Note that Guiffrey proposes three states, but the British Museum advises that there is a state before the final lettered state with slightly different numbering and lettering (see

Guiffrey 178 iii (J-J Guiffrey 1866, “L'Oeuvre de Ch. Jacque”, Paris, Lemaire, p. 89, cat. no. 178); Beraldi 178 (Henri Béraldi 1885–1892, “Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle: Guide de l'Amateur d'Estampes Modernes”, vol. VIII, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, p. 187, cat. no. 178 [; IFF 281 (Jean Adhémar & Jacques Lethève 1954, “Inventaire du Fonds Français après 1800”, vol. 11, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, p. 114, cat. no. 281).

The British Museum and the Rijksmuseum offer descriptions of this print:;

Condition: a well-printed impression with a few minor restorations (almost invisible), otherwise the sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this masterwork of etching executed by one of the luminaries of the Barbizon School in 19th century France for AU$220 (currently US$164.72/EUR138.83/GBP119.29 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 sensitively rendered masterwork of etching, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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