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Saturday 25 May 2024

Charles Joseph Beauverie, “Labourer Tilling the Soil at Twilight”, c.1880

Charles Joseph Beauverie (1839–1924)

“Labourer Tilling the Soil at Twilight” (descriptive title only), c.1880, a hand-signed proof before lettering.

Although this huge etching is clearly rooted with the interests of the Barbizon School in terms of the portrayed subject and its treatment—mindful that Beauverie’s etching after Jean-François Millet’s (1814–1875) painting, “Berger Gardant Son Troupeau (Effet d’Automne)” features in Alexandre Piedagnel’s (1876) “Souvenirs de Barbizon” (see—I have been unsuccessful in finding background information about this print or even another copy of it in the major museum repositories.

As an interesting point of comparison of this superb etching by Beauverie with those by Millet, I have previously shown (and at present they are still available) the following original etchings by Millet: “Les Bêcheurs” (The Diggers), c.1855–6 ( and “Peasant with a Wheelbarrow”, 1855 (

Etching printed in brown/sepia ink on buff coloured wove paper (imitation Japon?), hand-signed by the artist in ink at lower right, with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 44.8 x 65 cm; (platemark) 27.5 x 37.6 cm; (image borderline) 25 x 35.5 cm.

Condition: a strong impression with generously wide margins. The sheet has minor surface marks, otherwise, it is in a very good condition with its immense size with no tears, holes, folds or significant stains.

I am selling this exceptionally rare and large hand-signed proof-state etching for AU$289 in total (currently/approximately US$191.63/EUR176.63/GBP150.43 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. Note that payment is in Australian dollars (AU$289) as this is my currency.

If you are interested in purchasing this spectacular etching, 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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