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Friday, 24 June 2022

François Bonvin’s etching, “Le Graveur, Effet de Lumière”, 1861

François Bonvin (1817–1887)

“Le Graveur, Effet de Lumière” (The Engraver, Lght Effect), 1861, a proof impression before lettering with the artist’s name and publication details (“F. Bonvin 1861”; “Paris, Imp. Delâtre”), plate 4 in the series of six plates, “Six eaux-fortes, dessinées et gravées par F. Bonvin, Peintre” (aka “Première suite d'eaux-fortes”), printed by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907) and published by François Bonvin with the first portfolio edition published by Alfred Cadart (1828–1875) in Paris.

Etching on laid paper with partial “Arches” watermark.

Size: (sheet) 43.5 x 29.5 cm; (image borderline) 21.6 x 16.2 cm.

Proof impression before lettering.

Beraldi 2.4 (Henri Béraldi 1885, “Les graveurs du XIXe siècle: Guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes: BELLANGÉ–BOVINET”, vol. II, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, cat. no. 2.4, p. 164 []); IFF 9.1 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Départment des Estampes. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, 1930–, cat. no. 91, p. 136).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Engraver seated at a desk in a dark room, with a screen set between him and the lamp and filtering the light. 1861
Etching” ( The curator of the BM also offers the following insight: “Print exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1873 (No.1972) as 'Le graveur, effet de lampe'” (op.cit.).

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this museum-quality impression of a masterwork of etching showing a the art studio practice of the time to execute an engraving using light filtered through a screen to minimise/soften cast shadows, for AU$396 in total (currently US$273.67/EUR259.49/GBP222.96 at the time of posting this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 remarkably fine proof-state etching, 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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