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Friday 11 August 2023

Adolphe André Wacquez’s lithograph/soft-ground with dot-roulette etching, “Sketch for the Madonna d'Alba”, 1858, after Raphael

Adolphe André Wacquez (1814–[after]1865)

“Sketch for the Madonna d'Alba” (Royal Academy title) (aka “Études pour la Vierge à l'Enfant avec Saint Jean Baptiste” [Guermonprez & Lothe title] “Studies for the Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist”), 1858, crayon-manner engraving after a drawing by Raphael (aka Raffaello Sanzio; Raffaello Santi) (1483–1520), published by Georges Rapilly (fl. 1850–1890) and printed by Henri Plon (fl. c1858-1870?) in Paris in 1858 as an illustration, Pl. XIX, to “Choix De Dessins De Raphael Qui Font partie De La Collection Wicar A Lille, Reproduits En Fac-Simile Par MM. Wacquez Et Leroy, Gravés Par Les Soins De M.H. D'Albert, Duc De Luynes, Membre de l'Institu”.

Note that the Royal Academy advises: “All plates are signed as drawn by Raphael and engraved by Alph. Leroy (pl. 1, 2, 4-6, 8-13, 16, 18) or A. Wacquez (pl. 3, 7, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20)” (

Lithograph—as advised by the Royal Academy (see, but there is a platemark and evidence of dot-roulette linework in the printing of the sanguine colour, mindful that Wacquez also employed soft-ground etching in some plates (see and so the dot-roulette linework and the pen-like strokes in the bistre colour may be a part of a soft-ground etching technique—on buff-coloured chine collé printed in bistre and sanguine coloured inks on heavy wove paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 63.6 x 44.9 cm; (plate) 45.9 x 30.9 cm; (image borderline/chine collé) 39.9 x 25.5 cm.

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

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) "RAPHAËL DEL.”; (right) “A. WACQUEZ SC.”

Beraldi (not numbered) (Henri Beraldi 1892, “Les Graveurs du Dix-Neuvième Siècle: Saint-Marcel - Zwinger”, vol. 12, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, p. 253); Guermonprez & Lothe 4 (Paul Guermonprez & José Lothe 2007, “Alphonse Leroy Graveur 1820–1902”, Paris, Editions Héritage Architectural, p. 119, cat. no. 4 [with differences in publication details]).

Condition: a strong impression with generously wide margins in a near pristine condition.

I am selling this very beautiful and large lithograph (as proposed by the Royal Academy) after preparatory drawings by Raphael, for the total cost of AU$279 (currently US$186.48/EUR168.73/GBP148.53 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 subtle masterwork showing a composite arrangement of Raphael’s drawings, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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