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Monday 13 May 2024

Eugene Burney, “Portrait of Pope Innocent X”, 1884, after Velázquez

Eugene Burney (aka Burney, François Eugène) (1845–1907)

“Portrait of Pope Innocent X” (aka “Portrait d'Innocent X”), 1884, after Diego Velázquez’s (aka Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez) (1599–1660) painting (c.1650) of the same name (see, in the Galleria Doria Pamphilj (Rome), printed by Charles Chardon (1832–1896) and published in Paris in the art periodical, “Gazette des Beaux Arts” (1st January, 1884), inserted between pages 22 and 23.

Engraving on chine collé on wove paper, trimmed with a small margin around the image borderline and writing edge and backed with a support sheet providing wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 23.4 x 17.9 cm; (image borderline) 19.4 x 14.9 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) Velasquex pinx/ Gazette des Beaux-Arts”; (centre) “PORTRAIT D'INNOCENT X/ (Galerie Doria à Rome.); (right) “Burney sc./ Imp. Ch. Chardon”.

State xii (of xii) Published (lettered) state. I understand that this print passed through eleven states prior to the final lettered state and Beraldi advises: (transl.) “The head is visible on the first, it is erased on the next two; it reappears in the fourth” (p. 37).

Beraldi 7 (Henri Béraldi 1886, “Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle: Guide de l'Amateur d'Estampes Modernes: BRASCASSAT – CHÉRET”, vol. IV, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, p. 37, cat. no. 7); IFF 8 (Jean Laren 1942, “Inventaire du Fonds Français après 1800”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Département des Estampes, vol. 3, p. 529, cat. no. 5 [see]).

Condition: a strong and well-printed (faultless) impression, trimmed with a small margin around the image and writing edge and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper providing wide margins.

I am selling this superb engraving after Velázquez’s famous portrait of the somewhat forbidding Pope Innocent X—a portrait made even more unforgettable in Francis Bacon’s haunting series of paintings of the Pope silently screaming—for AU$208 in total (currently/approximately US$137.36/ EUR127.33/ GBP109.40 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$208) as this is my currency.

If you are interested in purchasing this exceptional engraving executed by a pupil of Ferdinand Gaillard (1834–1887)—one of the finest of engravers of 19th century France—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

Note that Ferdinand Gaillard’s etching of Pope Leo XIII executed four years before Eugene Burney’s engraving is (surprisingly) currently still available:

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