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Thursday 22 June 2023

Adolphe Appian’s etching, “Marais de la Burbanche (Ain)”, 1868

Adolphe Appian (1818–1898)

Marais de la Burbanche (Ain)” (aka “Marsh of the Burbanche”), 1868, after Appian’s painting, “Temps gris, marais de la Burbanche” (Gray weather, marsh of the Burbanche) (see an image of this painting at, shown in the 1869 Paris Salon, printed Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907) and published in Paris by Cadart et Luce (fl. 1867–1870/1) as plate 36 in “L'Illustration Nouvelle”, vol. 1, in 1868 (see

In Hamerton’s 1876 edition of “Etching and Etchers”, Hamerton offers the following interesting insights about Appian’s prints: “…his [Appian’s] work is that each plate, however large or however small it may be, is conceived from the first as a whole, and the first conception is never departed from for the disproportionate realisation of some obtrusive detail.” Going further, “…Appian sees always in masses, and gives quite as much detail as is consistent with the preservation of the mass” (pp. 202–03).

Etching with pale plate tone on fine laid paper with “ARCHES” watermark and full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 31 x 48.5 cm; (plate) 13.7 x 23.7 cm; (image borderline) 10.4 x 19.5 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (upper left corner) “APPIAN 1868”.

Numbered in plate above the image borderline: (right) “36.”

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “A.Appian sc.”; (centre) “MARAIS DE LA BURBANCHE (AIN)/ CADART & LUCE Editeurs Rue Nve. des Mathurins, No.58.”; (right) “Imp.Delâtre,Paris.”

State ii (of iv) before the change of publication details.

Curtis & Prouté 26 ii (Atherton Cutiis & Paul Prouté 1968, “Adolphe Appian son Oeuvre Gravé et Lithographié”, Paris, Paul Prouté, [n.p.] cat. no. 26 ii); Jennings 23 (Herbert H Jennings 1925, Adolphe Appian (essay) in “Print Collector’s Quarterly,” vol. 12, no. 1, p. 115, cat. no. 23 [see]).

Condition: a richly inked, strong and near faultless impression with exceptionally generous full margins (as published). The sheet is in a remarkably fine condition for its large size with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this superb etching of marshlands before rain that to my eyes captures a melancholic mood with a heavy—almost oppressive—atmosphere, for the total cost of AU$315 (currently US$210.55/EUR190.50/GBP167.70 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 superb etching executed by an artist with a strong personal vision and close connection with the Barbizon School, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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