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Thursday 9 December 2021

Charles Émile Jacque’s etching (with dot-roulette and engraving), “Vaches à l'Abreuvoir”, 1850

Charles Émile Jacque (1813–1894)

“Vaches à l'Abreuvoir” (Cows at the Watering Hole), 1850, final plate from a suite of twenty etchings (“20 sujets composés et gravés à l'eau-forte par Ch. Jacques”; see

Etching with dot-roulette and engraving on wove paper trimmed with a narrow  margin around the platemark.

Size: (sheet) 24.5 x 30.8 cm; (plate) 23.9 x 30.4 cm; (image borderline) 20.9 x 27.6 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (upper left corner) “ch. Jacque 1850.”

State iii (of iii) with roulette work added to the rendering of the foreground pond and with the publication details and the plate number erased.

Guiffrey 97 (J-J Guiffrey 1866, “L'Oeuvre de Charles Jacque: catalogue de ses eaux-fortes et pointes seches”, Paris, pp. 66–67, cat. no. 97); IFF 244 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris, 1930, cat. no. 244); Beraldi 97 (Henri Béraldi 1885–1892, “Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle: Guide de l'Amateur d'Estampes Modernes”, vol. VIII, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, p. 182, cat. no. 97 []).

Guiffrey (1866) offers the following description of this print: (Transl.) “At a pond, placed on the slope of this hill, a herd of eight cows comes to drink. Their herdsman is seated above &, at the top of the escarpment, some trees stand. This vast plate is very broadly treated” (pp. 66–67).

See also the descriptions of this print at the British Museum:

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed later impression with a narrow margin around the platemark. The sheet is in an almost pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this large and boldly executed etching by one of the luminaries of the Barbizon School, epitomising the spirit of this important group of artists in celebrating everyday rural life, for AU$278 (currently US$199.39/EUR176.12/GBP151.02 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 almost iconic etching of 19th century rural life and certainly one of Jacques’ largest plates, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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