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Monday 23 August 2021

Loys Delteil’s etching, “Portrait of Paul Renouard”, 1898

Loys Delteil (aka, Loïs Delteil; Henri Loys Delteil) 1869– 1927)

“Portrait of Paul Renouard” (aka “Portrait of Charles Paul Renouard [1845–1924]”), 1898, drawn from life by Delteil, printed in Paris by Alfred Porcabeuf (aka Alfred Louis Porcabeuf) (fl. 1895–1946?) and published in the journal of art (especially the graphic arts) in France, “L'Estampe et l'Affiche” (The Print and the Poster), No. 5., 15 May, 1898.

Etching and drypoint with pale plate tone on ivory coloured laid paper with full margins.

Size: (sheet) 28.2 x 21.7 cm; (plate) 20 x 14.9 cm.

Inscribed in plate: (lower left) “Loys Delteil/ ad. vivum”; (lower left of centre) “Mai 1898”.

Lettered in plate along the lower edge: (left) “L'Estampe et l'Affiche”; (centre) “PAUL RENOUARD”; (right) “Imp. Porcabeuf­_Paris”.

IFF 4 (Jean Adhémar & Jacques Lethève 1954, “Inventaire du Fonds Français après 1800”, vol. 6, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, cat. no. 4)

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:

(Transl.) “Paul Renouard behind his desk, looking in a mirror, with a magnifying glass in one hand and an etching needle or pencil in the other. Next to him a table with printmaker's instruments” (

See also the description of this print and biographical details about the artist offered by Galerie Bassenge:

Condition: a strong and near faultless impression in pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this sensitively executed etching (with drypoint) by Loys Delteil showing his fellow printmaker, Paul Renouard, distracted from his work on a self-portrait by looking in the mirror at the viewer/Delteil—note that Delteil has inscribed on the plate that he drew/inscribed Renouard’s portrait from life (ad vivum)— for the total cost of AU$288 (currently US$206/EUR175.88/GBP151.02 at the time of posting 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 fascinating portrait of a printmaker at work and a marvellous example of how an artwork can excite a viewer’s reflexive response—an automatic “knee jerk”/startle response rising from the viewer examining Renouard at work in his studio and then recognising that he is looking directly at the viewer in the mirror—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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