Gallery of prints for sale

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 https://archive.org/details/jfmilletsouvenir00pied_1/page/82/mode/2up)—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 (https://www.printsandprinciples.com/2016/05/jean-francois-millet-181475-les_15.html) and “Peasant with a Wheelbarrow”, 1855 (https://www.printsandprinciples.com/2022/07/jean-francois-millets-etching-peasant.html).

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 (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold 











François Perrier, “Battle between the Romans and the Dacians”, 1645

François Perrier (aka Le Bourguignon) (1594–1649)

“Battle between the Romans and the Dacians”, 1645, published in Rome (note that the Rijksmuseum advises the place of publication is Paris [see RP-P-2016-693-51]) by Giovanni Pietro Bellori (aka Giovan Pietro Bellori; Gian Pietro Bellori) (1613–1696) with privilege from Pope Innocent X (the Vatican) in 1645 from the series of fifty-four plates (La Blanc advises, fifty-five plates [p. 173]), “Roman Sculpted Reliefs”, from the Arch of Constantine in Rome, as an illustration to “Icones et segmenta illvstriuvm e marmore tabvlarvm qvae Romae adhvc extant a Francisco Perrier, delineata incisa et ad antiqvam formam lapideis exemplaribvs passim collapsis restitvta”) (Icons and fragments of illustrious marble tablets which are extant in Rome by Francisco Perrier, cut out and restored to the ancient form of the stone models collapsed here and there).

Etching on laid paper trimmed unevenly around the image borderline with partial loss of the writing edge and upper corners (restored and replenished with colour) and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (uneven sheet) 23.9 x 38.8 cm.

The sheet is trimmed with loss of the critical details in the writing edge that would establish which of the four states this print belongs; nevertheless, the impression is possibly early as the quality of the line shows no sign of wear to the printing plate.

LeBlanc 138–192 (J.Ch. Brunet & Ch. Leblanc 1888, “Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, contenant un dictionnaire des graveurs de toutes les nations: ouvrage destiné à faire suite au Manuel du libraire”, vol. 3, Paris, p. 173, cat. nos. 138–192).

The Rijksmuseum offers a description of this print: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.631544.

Note that Pietro Santi Bartoli (1635–1700) made an etching of the same relief but in the reverse direction to this print and later in the 1600s (1650–1691); see https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1854-1020-70.

Condition: a strong impression trimmed crudely around the image and writing edge and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The trimmed edges have been replenished with watercolour to visually straighten them.

I am selling this large and visually arresting etching showing Emperor Trajan on horseback along with his army battling the Dacians—the depicted scene is from a relief sculpture on the Arch of Constantine in Rome—for AU$287 in total (currently/approximately US$190.31/EUR175.40/GBP149.39 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$287) as this is my currency.

If you are interested in purchasing this marvellous etching exemplifying the publisher’s (Giovanni Pietro Bellori) advocacy for idealism in art—a world of glorious men far removed from the earthy realism of Caravaggio—please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold










Friday 24 May 2024

Crispin van de Passe II’s engraving, “Seated Female Nude”, 1643-44

Crispin van de Passe II (aka Crispijn de Passe II; Crispijn van Passe II) (1594–1670)

“Seated Female Nude”, 1643-44, illustration to the third part (female nude studies) of what may be the largest of the early drawing books to be published, “La prima [-quinta] parte della luce del dipingere et disegnare …” (The first [to the fifth] part of the light of painting and drawing) (aka “Van't Light der teken en schilder konst” [From the Light of drawing and painting art]), published in Amsterdam, 1643–44, by Jan Jansz. with Crispin van de Passe II as the author.

See details of this publication offered by the MFA Boston: https://collections.mfa.org/objects/523562/la-prima-quinta-parte-della-luce-del-dipingere-et-disegna;jsessionid=6B58FEA2F30EAFBE381E2390322110AF.

See also an online copy of this publication offered by artchive.org: https://archive.org/details/laprimaquintapar00pass/page/n201/mode/2up.

Engraving on fine laid paper with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 36.8 x 24.3 cm; (platemark) 30.3 x 20.2 cm; (image borderline) 29.9 x 19.8 cm.

Condition: a strong and well-printed (near faultless) impression in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this superb impression in a remarkable good state of preservation, mindful that most prints from this early publication were handled and soiled based on the designed use of the images for art students to study and copy, for AU$352 in total (currently/approximately US$232.90/EUR214.76/GBP183.05 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$352) as this is my currency.

If you are interested in purchasing this exceptionally fine (and rare) study of a female nude executed in the early 1640s, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold










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 [https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k5489211f/f109.item]).

The Musée d'art et d'histoire (Ville de Genève) offers a description of this print: https://www.mahmah.ch/collection/oeuvres/pres-clenneins/e-2019-1234-009.

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 (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold










Woodcut score to the hymn, “Te Deum”, c.1690

Two-colour (red and black) double-sided woodcut of a music score with Latin words to the hymn, “Te Deum” (aka “Ambrosian Hymn”; “Praise to the Trinity”), (recto) page 159 (CLIX) and (verso) page 160 (CLX), printed on laid paper with watermark, c.1690 (date based on the advice from the dealer from whom I purchased this sheet).

The score features one of the earliest forms of music notion: the neumes staff notation—a pitch indicating (diastematic) system using squares on the stave/staff to signify the notes, but before the addition of later devices/symbols to indicate the length of a sound, rhythm and other nuances (my apologies for shortfalls/errors in this explanation).

Size: (sheet) 40.5 x 23.5 cm

Lettered in plate: (recto) “Hymnus   Te Deum   clix/ Te Prophetárum laudábilis númerus,/ Te Mârtyrum candidátus laudat exércitus./ […]  Tu deuícto mortis acúleo: aperuisti crédentibus“.

Condition: a strong and well-printed early/lifetime impression with full margins as published. The sheet in an excellent condition for its considerable age with no significant tears, holes, folds, abrasions or stains.

I am selling this exceptionally rare double-sided, two-colour woodcut leaf featuring one of the earliest systems of music notations where only the pitch of the notes is indicated—interesting to compare this very early leaf with a later hand-inscribed score from a century later (see https://www.printsandprinciples.com/2021/01/hand-notated-sheet-of-folk-music-c1790.html)—for AU$262 in total (currently/approximately US$173.54/ EUR160.25/ GBP136.39 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$262) as this is my currency.

If you are interested in purchasing this early woodcut music score, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This music woodcut has been sold





Wednesday 22 May 2024

Jost Amman, “Military Engineer Holding a Shovel”, 1573


Jost Amman (aka Jost Ammon) (1539–1591)

“Military Engineer Holding a Shovel” (aka “Militair bij een ommuurd tentenkamp”; “Soldier at a walled tent camp”; "Scha[n]tzmeisters Besoldung”; “Treasurer's Salary”), 1573, woodcut illustration to volume 5 of Leonhard Fronsperger’s  (aka Leonhardt Fronsberger) (c.1520–1575) “Kriegsbuch” (War book), published in Frankfurt am Main in 1573 by Sigmund Feyerabend (aka Sigismund Feyrabend; Sigmund Feierabend) (1528–1590), page XLVI (46) (see https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=XoJfAAAAcAAJ&pg=GBS.PR45-IA1&hl=en). 

Woodcut; printed from two blocks and with letterpress text recto and verso printed on fine laid paper with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 31.3 x 19.9 cm

Andresen 226-46r (Andreas Andresen 1872–78, “Der deutschen Peintre-Graveur oder die deutschen Maler als Kupferstecher, nach ihrem Leben und ihren Werken, von dem letzten Drittel des 16. Jahrhunderts bis zum Schluss des 18. Jahrhunderts”, vol. 1, Leipzig, pp. 360–70, cat. no. 226).

See also the description of this print offered by the Rijksmuseum and Brown University Library: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.47827 & https://repository.library.brown.edu/studio/item/bdr:239209/.

The letterpress text below the image is interesting as it explains one of the titles for this woodcut, “Treasurer's Salary” ("Scha[n]tzmeisters Besoldung”):

(Transl.) “Item / of the armoury master's office / a captain's salary belongs to him / that is / forty guilders / and he is supposed to keep two satellites / he has four mercenaries / make a total of 56 guilders.”

The text following the second heading (verso) is equally interesting ("Schantzmeisters Besoldung”):

(Transl.) “Item / the chief's salary is one month forty gold / captain's pay / for a fine boy one pay / two satellites four pay / if he wants to keep one or two horses to his own / that belongs to him / but that the same as in charge / with the royals The muster consists of and has to be used / in all the way like other stuff servants / they are entitled to a month of twenty guilders for their salary / that makes in total / a month of 80 guilders belongs to the supervisor.”

Condition: a strong and well-printed early/lifetime impression (based on the impression showing no signs of wear to the printing plate) with the surrounding letterpress text (recto and verso) and full margins as published. The sheet in an excellent (near pristine) condition for its considerable age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this outstanding double-sided leaf featuring a woodcut of a military engineer bearing a shovel on his shoulder with artillery fortifications in the background— for AU$271 in total (currently/approximately US$180.52/ EUR166.28/ GBP141.64 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$271) as this is my currency.

If you are interested in purchasing this amazing German woodcut from the late Renaissance, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This leaf has been sold