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Tuesday 29 August 2023

Paolo Mercuri’s etching with engraving, “The Execution of Lady Jane Grey”, c.1858, after Paul Delaroche

Paolo Mercuri (aka Paul Mercury) (1804–1884)

“The Execution of Lady Jane Grey” (aka “Jane Gray”), c.1858 (date based on my earlier listing of another impression of this print [now sold] inscribed with this date), after Paul Delaroche’s (aka Hippolyte Delaroche) (1797–1856) painting (1833) in the National Gallery, London (see, printed in Paris by Goupil & Cie (fl.1827–1919) with the inscribed note: “Tiré de la Galerie du Prince Anatole Demidoff” (From the Gallery of Prince Anatole Demidoff [Count Anatole Nikolaievich Demidov, 1st Prince of San Donato, 1812–1870]).

Etching with engraving on heavy wove paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 53.9 x 58.1 cm; (plate) 43.4 x 48.4 cm; (image borderline) 29 x 35.1 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Peint par Paul De la Roche”; (centre) “Tiré de la Galerie du Prince Anatole Demidoff/ JANE GRAY/Imprimé par GOUPIL & CIE. À PARIS”; (right) “Gravé par P. Mercury”.

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print (before lettering): (transl.) “Lady Jane Gray is kneeling on a cushion. She is blindfolded and fumbles forward with her hands. In front of her is a chopping block. A man in a rich fur-trimmed cloak bends over her. Next to [them] is the executioner with an axe ready. In the background two crying women” (

Condition: a strong and near faultless impression with generously wide margins. Beyond minor surface marks and chips, the sheet is in an excellent condition for its size and age.

I am selling this large and finely executed etching (with engraving)—a true masterwork of nineteenth century reproductive printmaking—for the total cost of AU$306 (currently US$204.53/EUR185.06/GBP162.90 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 magnificent and historically important etching with engraving, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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