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Wednesday 20 March 2019

Raffaele Albertolli’s aquatint, “Eagle with outstretched wings resting on an oak leaf cluster”, 1792

Raffaele Albertolli (1770–1812)

“Eagle with outstretched wings resting on an oak leaf cluster” (descriptive title only), 1792 (inscribed on plate), plate 7 (“Tav. VII”) in the series of 20 plates (with the addition of a title and dedication plate to Lodovico Galeazzo Busca Arconati Visconti, marchese di Lomagna) 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 18. (This book is available to view online or to download free of charge from which also offers detailed information about the publication:

Aquatint with etching and pale plate tone printed in sanguine coloured ink on heavy laid paper with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 44.7 x 58 cm; (plate) 21.6 x 51.5 cm.
Numbered on plate at upper right: “Tav. VII.”
Lettered on plate along the lower edge: (left) “Gioc. Albertolli inv., e dis. 1792”; (right) “Raf, Albertolli inc.”

Condition: crisp, well-inked and faultless impression with full margins. There is a closed tear on the lower edge of the margin otherwise the sheet is in excellent condition.

I am selling this seldom seen aquatint of an eagle—mindful that Raffaele Albertolli is credited for introducing the technique of aquatint to Milan (see p. 5 in the pdf file offered by describing the publication of this print:
—for AU$350 (currently US$248/EUR218.54/GBP18.43 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 exquisite aquatint exemplifying supreme skill and discipline, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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