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Thursday 28 March 2019

Théophile Chauvel's etching, “Les Bords du Loing”, 1877

Théophile Chauvel (aka Théophile-Narcisse Chauvel) (1831–1909)

“Les Bords du Loing”, 1877, plate 11 from the series, “L'Eau Forte en 1877”, published in Paris by the widow of Alfred Cadart (1828–1875) in a volume of four years of “L'Eau-Forte” (c1877).

Etching and drypoint with plate tone on laid paper.
Size: (sheet) 34 x 53 cm; (plate) 15.9 x 24 cm; (image borderline) 13.5 x 22 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (right corner) “…[c?]h. Chauvel. dg.”
Numbered on plate above the image borderline: (right) “11”.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Th. Chauvel, del. et sculp.”; (centre) “LES BORDS DU LOING.”; (right) “Vve A. Cadart, Edit Imp.56 Bard Haussmann,Paris.”

IFF 46 (Département des Estampes 1930, “Inventaire du Fonds, Français: graveurs du XVIIe siècle”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Plate 11: atmospheric landscape with cow reclining in field, line of trees to left”

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression with wide margins in excellent, near pristine, condition.

I am selling this superbly luminous impression employing plate tone to subtlety enrich the sky to suggest an approaching storm and use of velvety black lines of drypoint to give depth to the shadows—note, for example, the intensely dark shadow cast on the foreground cow resting in a blaze of sunlight—for AU$175 in total (currently US$106.47/EUR94.51/GBP80.69 at the time of 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 acquiring this remarkably fine etching by one of the most famous of the French landscape etchers of the nineteenth century, 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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