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Thursday 23 May 2024

Léo Drouyn, “Près Clenneins”, 1856/7

Léo Drouyn (aka François Joseph Léo Drouyn) (1816–1896)

“Près Clenneins” (“Near Clenneins”), 1856/7, plate 15 from the series, “Suite de petites eau-fortes”, printed in Paris by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907) and published by Marchant (Alliance des Arts) (fl.1830–1880).

Etching printed in a warm black ink on laid paper with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 23.7 x 31.6 cm; (platemark) 13.9 x 23.4 cm; (image borderline) 12.2 x 20.5 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (upper left) “Leo Drouyn/ […]1857”.

Inscribed in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Près Clenneins”; (left of centre) “Marchant, Edit Alliance des Arts”; (right) “Imp. Delâtre, r. St. Jacques, 265, Paris”.

Stamped in lower right corner “1.284”.

IFF 15 (Jean Adhémar & Jacques Lethève 1954, “Inventaire du Fonds Francais Apres 1800”, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, vol. 7, p. 97, cat. no. 15 []).

The Musée d'art et d'histoire (Ville de Genève) offers a description of this print:

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with wide margins in a near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or signs of handling.

I am selling this finely executed etching by a remarkable artist whose interests extended beyond his connection with the Barbizon school of artists (as exemplified by this gritty scene of everyday rural life) to the world of archaeology, especially in terms of the architecture of the Middle Ages—a preoccupation that to my mind is resonant in his treatment of the rustic houses shown here, where I’m sure that he knew the location of every batten and beam—for AU$232 in total (currently/approximately US$153.17/ EUR141.62/ GBP120.69 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$232) as this is my currency.

If you are interested in purchasing this light-filled etching of rural life, 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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