Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Roubillac's stipple engraving, “Study of a man’s head facing right”, c1773/80


(Attrib.) Roubillac (1739–c1820)

“Study of a man’s head facing right” (descriptive title only), c1773/80 (attribution based on the dates of activity by the publisher Mondhare & Jean [1773–1780]), plate 569 presumably from the series, “Ve. Cahier de principes [sic] de dessein d'après nature”, published by Mondhare & Jean in Paris. (See a similar print by Robillac from the same publication held by the Rijksmuseum: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.167396; and details of the publication offered by the British Museum regarding a print by Jean François Janinet [1752 – 1814]: https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=1524247&partId=1&searchText=a+series+of+studies+intended+for+the+artists,+divided+into+14+volumes+of+six+plates+each&page=1.)

Stipple engraving in the crayon-manner printed in sanguine ink on laid paper backed with a support sheet. (Note that there is a hidden drawing backing this print).
Size: (sheet trimmed unevely) 34 x 26 cm; (plate) 30.9 x 24.5 cm
Numbered on plate: (upper right corner) “569”.
Lettered on plate at lower right: “A P D R" (i.e. "With Privilege of the King").
Presumably a proof-state impression before lettering with publication details.

Condition: crisp and well-printed proof impression with small margins showing surface dustiness, a few superficial marks of use and a worm hole near the tip of the figure’s nose. The sheet is backed on a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper and the print has an “old” backing support of a drawing that is only faintly visible if the print is held to the light.

I am selling this sensitively executed crayon-manner engraving (i.e. a type of stipple engaving designed to mimic the gritty line of a chalk drawing) for AU$164 (currently US$119.21/EUR104.31/GBP92.67 at the time of posting these prints) 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 sensuously beautiful engraving that was originally designed for artists to copy, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.







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