Monday, 21 January 2019
Charles Émile Jacque’s etching, “River landscape with a bridge and trees, in the background a mill”, 1846
Charles Émile Jacque (aka Charles Jacque) (1813–1894)
“River landscape with a bridge and trees, in the background a mill” (Rijksmuseum title) (Guiffrey  titles this etching, “Paysage” [Landscape], in his catalogue raisonné), 1846, after a painting by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) (as inscribed on plate).
Etching with drypoint and roulette on chine collé on wove paper, trimmed with small margins and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 23.2 x 25.7 cm; (plate) 17.3 x 22.4 cm; (image borderline) 12.3 x 18.8 cm.
Inscribed on plate below the image borderline: (centre) “gravé à l'eau-forte d'ap. le tableau original de Rembrandt”; (right) “1846 – Ch. Jacque.”
State ii (of ii/iii) Note that the British Museum has two impressions of this print which are both described as “after state II”. I assume that this description of the state is because the text line referencing Rembrandt’s painting has been burnished/partly erased on the BM’s copies.
IFF after 1800 507 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris, dl. 11, p. 126, cat.nr. 507); Guiffrey 1866 76 (J-J Guiffrey 1866, “L'Oeuvre de Charles Jacque: catalogue de ses eaux-fortes et pointes seches”, Paris, p. 58, cat.nr. 76).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Landscape with river in the foreground, a bridge on the far right, clump of trees on the left, and in the distance, bathed in light, a tower, a village and a windmill.”
See also the Rijksmuseum’s description:
Condition: richly inked and superbly printed early impression with trimmed small margins laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There is a closed tear at lower left corner of the margin; otherwise the sheet is in an excellent condition (i.e. there are no holes, creases, abrasions, stains or signs of foxing).
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