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Sunday 13 January 2019

John Crome's soft-ground etching, "Hoveton St. Peter", 1811–12

John Crome (1768–1821)

"Hoveton St. Peter", 1811–12, from the series of 31 etchings, “Etchings of Views in Norfolk” (aka “Norfolk Picturesque Scenery” [MMA title]), published before (or after?) the chine collê posthumous edition of 1834 (“to benefit his widow”, see MMA No. 26.72.223[26]) and/or 1838 (see BM No. 1868,0612.1823).

Soft-ground etching on wove paper with margins backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 23.4 × 30.3 cm; (plate) 16.8 × 24 cm
Signed on plate with etcher's initials in lower right corner: “JC”
State i (of i)

Goldberg 1978 240 (Norman L Goldberg 1978, “John Crome the Elder”, [2 vols.], New York, New York University Press, p. 285 [vol. 1], p. 164 [vol. 2]); Theobald 1906 30 (Henry Studdy Theobald 1906, “Crome's Etchings”, London, Macmilian); Goldberg 1978 242 (Norman L Goldberg 1978, “John Crome the Elder”, New York, New York University Press).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“End of wood, with tall trees on r, fields and clouds beyond fence on l.”
See also the description of this print at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Condition: richly inked and well-printed crisp impression with generous margins backed with a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There are signs of handling in the margins (i.e. a flattened fold and tear at upper left corner and the platemark shows minor abrasions/staining), otherwise the sheet is in a very good condition.

I am selling this extremely rare and very beautiful etching, for AU$390 in total (currently US$281.53/EUR245.41/GBP219.30 at the time of posting this listing) 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 major print in the oeuvre of one of the first English artists to value etching as a significant medium for portraying landscape and helped to pave the way for the Etching Revival, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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