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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Jean Jacques de Boissieu’s etching (with drypoint), “Small Grove with Hunter”, 1772


Jean Jacques de Boissieu (aka Jean Jacques de Boissieux) (fl1736–1810)

“Small Grove with Hunter” (“Petit Bosquet avec Chasseur” [Perez title]) (aka “Landscape with a man carrying a gun” [Fitzwilliam title]), 1772. Regarding the date of this print, the Curator of the British Museum offers the following insight:
“The date of the plate is based on a letter by De Boissieu's brother; however Perez notes that it seems a little late considering the awkwardness of the composition” (see BM no. 1853,0312.410)

Note: Perez, in his catalogue raisonné (p.130), advises that this plate was inscribed directly from nature without preliminary drawing and mentions a feature that I hadn’t noticed: a flowering thistle at lower left.

Etching and drypoint on cream chine collé, trimmed with narrow margins around the plate-mark and re-margined with a support sheet
Size: (support sheet) 34.6 x 37.6 cm; (sheet) 16.5 x 22 cm; (chine collé) 15.8 x 21.4 cm
Inscribed on plate with the artist’s monogram of entwined letters: (upper left) “DB”.
State iv (of iv) with the rounded lower-right corner.

Perez 55 IV (Perez, Marie-Félicie 1994, “L'Oeuvre gravé de Jean-Jacques de Boissieu”, Geneva, pp. 130–31); IFF 55 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris, 1930).

See the description of this print at the Fitzwilliam Museum:

Condition: rare richly inked and near faultless impression of great delicacy trimmed near the plate mark and re-margined upon a conservator’s support sheet.

I am selling this strong image of a grove of trees with a chap seemingly hunting —dare I say aimlessly?—with very long rifle for the total cost of AU$183 (currently US$131.22/EUR115.43/GBP101.93 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this graphically arresting print that one could argue links the vision of Ruisdael with the artists of the Barbizon School, 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










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