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Thursday 25 August 2022

Alphonse Leroy’s Crayon-manner engraving, “Head of a Young Man Wearing a Flat Cap”, c1858, after Raphael

Alphonse Leroy (aka Alphonse Alexandre Leroy) (1820–1902)

“Head of a Young Man Wearing a Flat Cap” (descriptive title only), c1858, after a study by Raphael (aka Raffaello Santi; Raffaello Sanzio; Raffaello) (1483–1520), plate 12 (XII) from the series of 31 plates commissioned under the patronage of Count Alfred Émilien O'Hara van Nieuwerkerke (1811–1892) after old master drawings transcribed as engravings to be used as drawing lesson studies (“Cours de Dessin”) in “Collection de dessins originaux de grands maîtres gravés en fac-simile par Alphonse Leroy; avec texte explicatif par MM. F. Reiset et F. Villot, conservateurs du Musée Imperial du Louvre”, printed by L Eudes (fl.1876–1888) and published in 1857–1859 (for plates 1–20) and 1860 (for plates 21 to 31) by Dusacq & Cie (fl.1864–1869) in Paris.

Crayon-manner engraving with aquatint and plate tone, printed in a sanguine coloured ink on chine collé (China paper) without the original support sheet and replaced with an archival support sheet. Note that Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield Museum Consortium offers the following technical description of this print: “etching and soft ground aquatint on paper” (

Size: (support sheet) 57.9 x 43.7 cm; (chine collé) 35.7 x 24.2 cm; (image borderline) 27.3 x 22 cm.

Lettered and numbered in plate above the image borderline: (centre) “COURS DE DESSIN/ FAC-SIMILE DES GRANDS MAÎTRES.”; (right) “Pl. XII”.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Dessiné par Raphael Sanzio.”; (left of centre) “Raphaël (Sanzio) né en 1483, mort en 1520.”; (centre) “Impe. Eudes, Paris./ DUSACO & Cie 14,Boulevart Poissonnière Paris”; (right) Gravè par Alphonse Leroy.”

The British Museum offers a description of the series of which this engraving is a part:

Condition: a well-printed impression with areas of thinness (damages). The sheet has been laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper replacing loss of the original support sheet.

I am selling this large crayon-manner engraving designed as a drawing lesson study, for AU$245 (currently US$170.86/EUR170.52/GBP144.21 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 exceptionally beautiful engraving after a study by Raphael—note the similarities between Raphael’s study and the only surviving portrait study by Michelangelo, “Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi”, 1532 (—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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