Félix Bracquemond (aka Joseph Auguste Félix Bracquemond) (1833–1914)
“Didier Erasme” (aka “Érasme” [BM title]), 1863, after Hans Holbein the Younger’s (1497/8–1543) “Portrait of Erasmus”, 1523, in the collection of the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv.no.1345) (see https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hans_Holbein_d._J._-_Erasmus_-_Louvre.jpg), printed by the Chalcographie du Louvre.
Etching on cream chine collé on heavy wove paper with huge margins and blind-stamped with the seal of the Chalcographie du Louvre.
Size: (sheet) 69.3 x 55 cm; (plate) 32.1 x 25.5 cm; (chine collé) 30.6 x 23.9 cm; (image borderline) 24.8 x 19.9 cm.
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “H. Holbein pint.”; (centre) “CHALCOGRAPHIE DU LOUVRE/ Didier Erasme”; (right) “Bracquemond sc.”
Blind-stamped with the seal of the Chalcographie du Louvre at lower centre.
Final state xi (of xi) with the name of the Chalcographie du Louvre added (Beraldi offers descriptions of the previous ten states).
Beraldi 39 (Henri Béraldi 1885, “Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle: Guide de l'Amateur d'Estampes Modernes: Bracquemond”, vol. III, Paris, Librairie L Conquet, p. 27, cat. no. 39 [Portraits]).
The British Museum offers a description of this print: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1923-0714-155.
Condition: a richly inked and mostly well-printed impression—note that there are ink dots on Érasme’s chin—with enormous margins. There are minor tears and marks in the margin edges, otherwise this is a simply magnificent impression with no major issues.
I am selling this masterwork of etching after Holbein’s famous portrait of the Dutch philosopher and Catholic theologian, Erasmus (aka Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus), for AU$257 in total (currently US$183.13/EUR161.77/GBP137.29 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 marvellous (and huge) etching—note that I have listed an etching by Henri Lefort reproducing the same painting by Holbein that may be interesting to compare—please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold