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Saturday 18 December 2021

Charles Émile Jacque’s etching with drypoint, “Portrait of J.J. Guiffrey”, 1866

Charles Émile Jacque (1813–1894)

“Portrait of J.J. Guiffrey”—Jules Joseph Guiffrey (1840-1918) is an art historian, archivist and, importantly, the cataloguer of Jacque’s prints published in 1866 in “L'Oeuvre de Charles Jacque: Catalogue de Ses Eaux-Fortes et Pointes Seches”—1866, printed in Paris by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907) and in a later edition printed without chine collé by François Liénard (fl. c. 1860s–1880s). This impression is from the first edition.

Etching and drypoint on light grey chine collé (China) paper on heavy ivory wove paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 42.6 x 29.9 cm; (plate) 14.8 x 10.2 cm; (chine collé) 9.4 x 7.2 cm;  (image borderline) 8.9 x 6.9 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (lower left) “1866”; (upper right) “ch. J.”

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “CH.JACQUE.”; (centre) “J.J. GUIFFREY./ Littérateur.”; (right) “IMP. DELÂTRE, PARIS/ No. 36_3.”

Beraldi 421 (Henri Béraldi 1889, “Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle: Guide de l'Amateur d'Estampes Modernes”, vol. VIII, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, p. 189, cat. no. 421); IFF 316 (Jean Adhémar & Jacques Lethève 1954, “Inventaire du Fonds Francais Apres 1800”, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, p. 116, cat. no. 316).

Regarding Guiffrey’s catalogue of Jacque’s prints, Jacque’s portrait of Gauiffrey is not included as the Guiffrey catalogue was published in the same year that Jacque’s print was executed (1866). Henri Béraldi’s catalogue of Jacque’s prints (vol. 8), published in 1889, augments Guiffrey’s catalogue by listing prints executed in and after 1866 (see pp. 166–192; cat. nos. 421–187).

The Art Institute of Chicago and the Rijksmuseum offer descriptions of this print:; 

Condition: a strong and near faultless impression in pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling) with generously wide margins.

I am selling this extraordinarily fine portrait—note how the artist has captured the sheen of light on the sitter’s beard and the thin line of “white” running from his temple to his jaw—for AU$278 (currently US$198.15/EUR176.17/GBP149.67 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 very beautiful etching in pristine condition executed by one of the key luminaries of the Barbizon School, 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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