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Tuesday 25 July 2023

Xavier de Dananche’s etching, “À Neuville (Ain)”, 1871

Xavier de Dananche (1828–1894)

“À Neuville (Ain)”—I assume (and may be wrong) the portrayed scene shows the Ain River running through the village of Neuville-sur-Ain (eastern France) with its stone bridge (Pont de Neuville-sur-Ain) in the distance, 1871, plate number 236, printed and published in Paris by Alfred Cadart (1828–1875).

Etching with plate tone printed in a warm black ink on laid paper (partial watermark) with wide margins as published.

Size: (slightly irregular sheet) 33 x 49 cm; (plate) 20.4 x 32.3 cm; (image borderline) 16.9 x 30.4 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (lower right) (signature) “Xavier de Dananche”.

Numbered in plate above the image borderline: (right) “236.”

Lettered below the image borderline: (left) “Xavier de Dananche, del. et sc.”; (centre) “À NEUVILLE (AIN)”; (right) A.CADART, Edit.Imp.Rue Nve des Mathurins, 58, Paris.”

Condition: a richly inked impression with generous margins. Beyond a minor darkening on the lower right corner, the sheet is in an in excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this darkly luminous and poetically beautiful etching executed in the spirit of the Barbizon School by a pupil of the legendary Corot for AU$247 in total (currently US$165.09/EUR149.38/GBP131.49 at the time of 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 marvellous etching showing the first glimmer of early morning light catching the loading of a barrel onto a barge—a subject that must have been both an adventurous choice (in the sense that it is all about a specific moment that is “frozen” like a photograph where the barge is not quite secured in place for the delivery of the barrel) and one that reflects the late 19th century fascination with the effects of light—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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