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Wednesday 8 February 2023

Ferdinand Gaillard’s engraving, “Vierge de Jean Bellin”, 1866, after Giovanni Bellini

Ferdinand Gaillard (aka Claude-Ferdinand Gaillard) (1834–1887)

Vierge de Jean Bellin”, 1866, engraving after a painting of the Madonna and Child by Giovanni Bellini (c1459–1516), printed by Alfred Salmon (fl.1863–1894) and published in the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” (March, 1866, pp. 286–87) in Paris.

Engraving on wove paper backed with a support sheet providing wide margins.

Size: (support sheet) 38 x 27.9 cm; (sheet) 27.2 x 18.1 cm; (plate) 24.1 x 15.9 cm; (image borderline) 18.6 x 12.9 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (lower centre) “JOANNES BELLINVS”.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “JEAN BELLIN PINXT./ Gazette des Beaux Arts”; (centre) “VIERGE DE JEAN BELLIN.”; (right) “F. GAILLARD SCULPT./ Imp. A. Salmon à Paris”.

Final state. According to Beraldi (1887), the final state is state iii (of iii) with shading of sky on either side of the canopy behind the Virgin and with publication details for the Gazette des Beaux-Arts. The Grolier Club (1900) advises that there are four states with state iv showing the publication details for the Gazette des Beaux-Arts (p. 4, cat. no. 17).

Beraldi 17 iii (Henri Beraldi 1887, “Les Graveurs du dix-neuvième siècle”, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, vol. 6, p. 200, cat. no. 17; see:; IFF 33.

See also the description of this print offered by the Harvard Museums of Art:

Condition: a well-printed (near faultless) impression laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing.

I am selling this exceptionally fine and very beautiful engraving by one of most famous of the nineteenth century engravers who is described by Félix Bracquemond as the “continuer and renovator of burin engraving” (see Bann’s [2006], p. 124), for the total cost of AU$208 (currently US$145.22/EUR135.11/GBP120.18 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 remarkable print by an engraver with skills that (arguably) will never be surpassed—note the finely rendered, near microscopic, details that are inscribed solely by hand—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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