Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Giuseppe Longhi's engraving, “Study of the Head of an Eagle”, 1792, after Giocondo Albertolli
Giuseppe Longhi (1766–1831)
“Study of the Head of an Eagle”, 1792, plate 3 after Giocondo Albertolli (1742–1839) in, “Miscellanea per i giovani studiosi del disegno .... Parte terza” (Miscellanea for young scholars of drawing .... Third part), 1796, published by Giocondo Albertolli in Milan, page 10. (This book is available to view online or download free of charge from archive.org which also offers detailed information about the publication: https://archive.org/details/gri_33125009355229/page/n9) This engraving is Longhi’s first published work.
Engraving on heavy laid paper with wide margins above and below and trimmed to (or slightly within) the platemark on the sides.
Size: (sheet) 50.1 x 35.1 cm; (plate as trimmed) 21.8 x 35.1 cm
Numbered on plate at upper right: “Tav. III.”
Lettered on plate along the lower edge: (left) “Giocondo Albertolli dis.”; (centre) “Studio d'Aquila nella sua naturale grandezza”; (right) “Giuseppe Longhi inc. 1792.”
See the description of this print at the British Museum:
Note that I have previously posted Giuseppe Longhi’s famous image of George Washington translated into an engraving by Jakob Felsing:
Condition: crisp, well-inked and faultless impression trimmed along (or slightly within) the sides of the plate with large upper and lower margins. The sheet is in very good condition for its age (i.e. there are no tears, folds—apart from minor wrinkles—holes, abrasions or significant stains, but the verso of the sheet shows a few spots that are not visible recto).
I am selling this VERY strong study of an eagle—a study which I understand is not a representation of just any eagle but rather the eagle (Aquila) that carried Ganymede to Olympus—for AU$237 (currently US$175.01/EUR153.54/GBP136.99 at the time of posting this print) 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 very rare print that meets its inscribed title of showing the eagle in its natural grandeur (“nella sua naturale grandezza”), please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold