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Friday 26 January 2024

Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine’s etching and drypoint, “Head of a Man with a Curled Moustache”, c.1780

Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine (aka Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gordaine) (1745–1830)

“Head of a Man with a Curled Moustache” (ala “Head of Balding Man with Moustache”; “Head of a Man with a Curled Moustache in Three-Quarters Profile”), c.1780 (1780–1789)

Etching and drypoint on fine laid paper with small margins, backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 3.6 x 2.9 cm; (plate) 2.6 x 2 cm

Hillemacher 70 (Frédéric Hillemacher 1877, “Catalogue des estampes qui composent l'oeuvre de Jean-Pierre Norblin”, Paris, p. 39, cat. no. 70).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Head of an old man, turned to right, with short hair and curly moustache; on white ground. c.1780 Etching” (

See also the description of this print at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Rijksmuseum:;

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression with small margins (approximately 4 mms). There is the stain at upper left (possibly from mounting glue, verso), otherwise, the sheet is in a good condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or losses and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this remarkably small etching by one of the most important artists of the Enlightenment in Poland for AU$256 (currently US$168.57/EUR155.51/GBP132.66 at the time of posting this print) 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 miniature masterwork from the 1700s following in the tradition of Rembrandt, 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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