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Thursday 21 March 2019

Tony Johannot’s etching, “The Rose (Conversation)”, 1849

Tony Johannot (aka Antoine Johannot; Tony Joannot; Tony Johannoh) (1803–1852)

“The Rose (Conversation)”, 1849, scratch-lettered proof before formal lettering as illustration (plate 85) to “Les Artistes Contemporains”, published in 1850 by Goupil, Vibert et Cie, Paris.

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Etching on chine collé on laid paper, a pre-publication proof with the artist’s name lightly scratched below the image borderline, backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 44.8 x 31.8 cm; (plate) 29.7 x 20.2 cm; (image borderline/chine collé) 18 x 13.7 cm.
Numbered on plate above the image borderline: (right) “85”.
Inscribed on plate below the image borderline: “Tony Johannot 1849”.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the illustrations by Tony Johannot, his significance as an illustrator is summed up by the famous arts writer/poet/novelist, Théophile Gautier, who wrote in his article in “La Presse” (16 June 1845—four years before this print was executed):
“Tony Johannot can be called, without fear of contradiction, the king of illustration. Only a few years ago, no novel, no poem could appear in print without an engraving in wood bearing his signature …” (

Condition: richly inked and well-printed proof state etching in excellent condition—note that I know that there is a small retouched line “somewhere” which was a printing fault but I can no longer find this line.

I am selling this sensitively executed romantic illustration of young love for AU$230 (currently US$164.56/EUR144/GBP124.78 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 masterwork of 19th century illustrator’s art, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


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