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Tuesday 28 February 2023

Alphonse Descaves’ etching, “Edmond and Jules de Goncourt”, c1855, after Félix Nadar

Alphonse Descaves (aka Alphonse-Louis Descaves) (1830–1890)

“Edmond and Jules de Goncourt”, c1855, after a photograph (c1855) by Félix Nadar (aka Gaspard Félix Tournachon) (1820–1910).

The famous French brothers, Edmond (1822–1896) and Jules de Goncourt (1830–1870), were inseparable and even in death I understand that they were buried in the same grave. In fact, they were so close that the following extract from their journal (“Le Journal des Goncourt” [1851], 20 December 1866) says it all: [transl.) “We are now like women who live together, whose health mingles, whose periods come at the same time: our migraines come to us on the same day” (vol. 2, p. 308). Perhaps not surprising, they also worked collaboratively as writers and both were artists whose prints I have showcased earlier; see:

- Jules de Goncourt’s etching, “Portrait de Chardin”, 1876, after Maurice Quentin de La Tour (;

- Jules de Goncourt’s etching, “Profil d'homme”, c1861, after Paul Gavarni (;

-  Jules de Goncourt’s etching, “Le Goblet D'Argent (after Chardin)”, 1862 (

Etching (with dot roulette) on cream wove (Japon) paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 30.9 x 23.8 cm; (plate) 18.6 x 12 cm.

Inscribed in plate: (on cushion) “Alphse Descaves”.

Condition: a strong and near faultless impression in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this amazingly fine etching of the remarkable French brothers who wrote collaboratively about everyday life in the art world of Paris during the late 1800s, for the total cost of AU$224 (currently US$150.57/EUR142.15/GBP125.08 at the time of 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 rare and very beautiful 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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