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Thursday 17 August 2023

Charles Courtry’s etching, “Tigre Surpris par un Serpent”, 1873, after Delacroix

Charles Courtry (aka Charles Jean Louis Courtry) (1846–1897)

“Tigre Surpris par un Serpent” (aka “Tigre Combattant un Serpent” [Beraldi title]), 1873, after Eugène Delacroix’s (aka Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix) (1798–1863) painting of the same composition, from the series “Tableaux de premier ordre anciens et modernes composant la galerie de M. John W. Wilson”, described by the Curator of the British Museum as being “of around 60 plates reproducing the paintings formerly in the collection of the British collection of John W Wilson … [accompanying] the catalogue of his sale of 199 paintings” (see, printed by François Liénard (fl. c1860s–1880s) and published in the periodical, “L'Art” in Paris.

Etching on buff laid paper, trimmed with a small margin around the image and text (with loss of the printer’s details) and backed with a support sheet providing wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 15.9 x 19.4 cm; (image borderline) 13.6 x 17.1 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) Eug. Delacroix”, pinx.”; (centre) “TIGRE SURPRIS PAR UN SERPENT”; (right) “Ch. Courtry, sc.”.

Beraldi 4 (Henri Beraldi 1886, “Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle: Cherrier–Dien”, vol. 5, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, p. 62, cat. no. 4 [Tigre combattant un serpent]); IFF 40 (Département des Estampes 1930, “Inventaire du Fonds Français: graveurs du XIXe siècle”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, cat. no. 40).

The British Museum offers a description of this print:

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression with small margins around the image borderline, with loss of the printer’s details. The trimmed sheet is in a near pristine condition and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper providing wide margins.

I am selling this etching of a very dramatic scene after Delacroix’s painting showing a tiger surprised by a snake, for AU$197 in total (currently US$131.67/EUR119.14/GBP104.88 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 small gem exemplifying the spirit of Romanticism, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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