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Friday 13 August 2021

Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine’s etching, “Head of Man with Fur Hat and Plume”, 1778

Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine (aka Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gordaine) (1745–1830)

“Head of Man with Fur Hat and Plume” (aka “Head of Man with Fur Hat and Feather”), 1778.

Etching on fine laid paper with small margins, backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 2.8 x 2.7 cm; (plate) 1.9 x 1.8 cm

State ii with the addition of the date at upper left: “1778”.

Hillemacher 77ii (Frédéric Hillemacher 1877, “Catalogue des estampes qui composent l'oeuvre de Jean-Pierre Norblin”, Paris, p. 40, cat. no. 77ii); Cologne 1989, cat. no. 97.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Head of a man in profile to left, wearing a fur hat adorned with a feather; second state, with date. 1778 Etching” (

See also the description of this print at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Rijksmuseum:;

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression with small margins (approximately 4 mms). The sheet is in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, losses, stains, foxing, or signs of handling and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper..

I am selling what is probably the tiniest etching I have ever listed—under 2 cm height and width!—by one of the most important artists of the Enlightenment in Poland for AU$256 (currently US$188.75/EUR160.06/GBP136.4 at the time of posting this print) 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 miniature masterwork from the 1700s following in the tradition of Rembrandt, 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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