Maxime Lalanne (François Antoine Maxime Lalanne) (1827–1886)
“Rade de Bordeaux (Janvier 1868)” (aka “Bordeaux, Effet de Neige”; “Bordeaux, Snow Effect”), 1868, printed by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907) and published by Cadart & Luce (fl. 1867–1870/1) as plate 1 for Une Société de Peintres-Graveurs a L'Eau-Forte for the first issue of “L'Illustration Nouvelle” in 1868 in Paris. See an online view of all the prints (including this etching which is the first plate) in this publication offered by Gallica – BnF: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8527596n.r.
Etching on fine laid paper (watermarked) with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 31.2 x 40.1 cm; (plate) 15.8 x 23.8 cm; (image borderline) 13.3 x 21.5 cm.
Numbered in plate above the image borderline: (right) “1”.
Inscribed in the plate: (lower left beneath the hay) “Lalanne”; (lower left along the wall) “Bordeaux Jer 1868.”
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Maxime Lalanne, del. et sc.”; (centre) “RADE DE BORDEAUX./ (Janvier 1868.)/ CADART & LUCE, Editeurs. Rue Nve des Mathurins, 58, Paris.”; (right) “Imp. Delâtre, Paris.”
State vi (of ix) before later publication
(state viii) in Hamerton’s “Etching and
Etchers” (3rd ed., 1880) in London.
Villet 48 vi (Jeffrey M Villet 2010, “The Complete Prints of Maxime Lalanne”, Washington, art@home fine prints, [n.p.] cat. no. 48, state VI); Beraldi 50; IFF 18.
See descriptions of this print at the British Museum; National Gallery of Art; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1872-0511-86; https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.70349.html; https://art.famsf.org/maxime-lalanne/rade-de-bordeaux-janvier-1868-19633031900.
Condition: a well-printed impression with generously wide margins. Beyond small tears (approx. 1 cm) to the lower margin, marks to the upper margin and surface dustiness, the sheet is in a good condition for its age.
I am selling this etching described by the printer (Auguste Delâtre) as “a little masterpiece” and evaluated by the writer/artist/publisher, Philip Gilbert Hamerton, in “Etching and Etchers” (3rd edition), with the proposal that “[f]ew modern etchings have been more thoroughly successful than this” (p. 160), for the total cost of AU$247 (currently US$190.06/EUR156.58/GBP134.80 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 masterwork of etching—note how convincing Lalanne has been in suggesting the effect of lightly piled snow on the dockside and blurred details fading into the wintery grey sky—please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold