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Saturday 12 February 2022

Jean-Ferdinand Chaigneau’s etching, “Le Petit Troupeau”, 1863–64

Jean-Ferdinand Chaigneau (1830–1906)

“Le Petit Troupeau” (The little herd), 1863/4, from the series, “Eaux-fortes modernes originales et inedites”, published by Cadart & Luquet (fl.1863–67) in volume II of the Société des Aquafortistes’ “Eaux-Fortes Modernes: Originales et Inédites” (1864), as plate 91 of sixty-three plates (beginning at plate 61 following plates 1–60 of volume I), printed by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907) in Paris.

Etching printed in a warm black ink of fine wove paper.

Size: (sheet) 28.9 x 35.4 cm; (plate) 24.3 x 32.4 cm; (image borderline) 18.1 x 23.6 cm.

Lettered in plate above the image borderline: (right) “91.”

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Chaigneau sculpt.”; (centre) “LE PETIT TROPEAU./ Paris, Publié par A. CADART & LUQUET, Éditeurs, 79, Rue Richelieu.”; (right) “Imp. Delâtre, Rue St. Jacques, 3o3, Paris.”

State i (of i)

Beraldi 2 (Henri Beraldi 1891, “Les Gravures du XIX Siecle: Brascassat–Chéret”, Vol. 4, Paris, Librairie Conquet, pp. 74–75, cat. no. 2); Bailly-Herzberg 91.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Plate 91: goats and female peasant figure in field, farm building seen beyond to left; from the second volume of prints produced by the Société des Aquafortistes. 1864
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See also the descriptions of this print offered by the National Gallery of Art and C & J Goodfriend:;

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression in near pristine condition (i.e., there no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling).

I am selling this strong and very beautiful etching by the artist nicknamed, "le Raphael des moutons" [the Raphael of the sheep], who, together with Charles Jacque, was the most highly regarded artist specialising in images of sheep in the nineteenth century, for AU$288 in total (currently US$205.60/EUR181.13/GBP151.55 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 etching by Chaigneau in almost faultless condition for its considerable age, please contact me at and I will email you a PayPal invoice.

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