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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Two etchings by Félix Bracquemond, "Théophile Gautier" after Félix Nadar, c 1857



Félix Bracquemond (aka Joseph Auguste Félix Bracquemond; Joseph Félix Bracquemond) (1833–1914)

“Théophile Gautier”, 1857, after the photograph by Félix Nadar (aka Gaspard-Félix Tournachon) (1820–1910), printed by Auguste Delâtre (1822–1907) and published in Paris.

Etching with aquatint trimmed along the image borderline on the top and sides and retaining the publication details below the image borderline, backed with a support sheet.

Note: this etching is taken from a different printing plate to the companion print of the same subject that I am also posting today—they are not different states of the same print.

Size: (sheet) 16.4 x 11.3 cm; (image borderline) 15.8 x 11.3 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) "Bracquemond d'après la Photog. de Nadar."; (right, trimmed) "Paris Imp. Del…[atre 171 r. S. Jacques]".

Regarding the state, the Curator of the British Museum offers the following explanation:
“The state is not recorded by Beraldi or Bouillon; neither mention the printer's address. This state appears to occur after Beraldi 49.IV & V and Bouillon Ae 45.VII & VIII (after the removal of the publication title alongside the top, and before the addition of a publication date), or after Beraldi 49.V and Bouillon Ae 45.VIII.”

Beraldi 1885-92 49 (undescribed state) (Henri Beraldi 1885, “Les Graveurs du dix-neuvième siècle”, 12 vols plus supplement, Paris); Bouillon 1987 Ae 45 (undescribed state) (Jean-Paul Bouillon 1987, “Félix Bracquemond, le Réalisme absolu: oeuvre gravé 1849-1859, catalogue raisonné”, Geneva, Éditions d'Art Albert Skira SA).

The Curator of the British Museum offers the following description of this print (see BM no. 1901,1022.342):
“Portrait of Théophile Gautier, half-length turned to right, bearded, wearing Greek cap, after a photograph by Nadar.”

Condition: crisp and well-printed impression trimmed along the image borderline at top and sides but retaining the publication details. The sheet is in very good condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing) and is laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this sensitively executed portrait of the famous 19th century French writer, Gautier, based on the photograph by Félix Nadar, for the total cost of AU$220 (currently US$157.66/EUR139.75/GBP120.38 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 purchasing this finely rendered etching, 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












Félix Bracquemond (aka Joseph Auguste Félix Bracquemond; Joseph Félix Bracquemond) (1833–1914) etching on a photogravure (héliogravure) plate created by Charles Amand-Durand (1831–1905) after the photograph by Félix Nadar (aka Gaspard-Félix Tournachon) (1820–1910)

“Théophile Gautier”, c1857 (?)

The Curator of the British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“This is a heliogravure reproduction, produced by Amand-Durand, of a larger portrait of Gautier by Bracquemond, after a photograph by Nadar (Beraldi 49; Bouillon Ae 45). The plate was subsequently reworked by Bracquemond and its size reduced.”

Etching on photogravure on fine laid paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 30.8 x 22.7 cm; (plate) 9.4 x 6.5 cm.
State v (see BM no. 1923,0714.166)

Beraldi 1885-92 50.V (Henri Beraldi 1885, “Les Graveurs du dix-neuvième siècle”, 12 vols plus supplement, Paris).

Condition: near faultless impression in near pristine condition with wide margins laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this curious print which draws upon the art of photography, photogravure and etched reworking by the hand of one of the important nineteenth century printmakers, for the total cost of AU$220 (currently US$157.66/EUR139.75/GBP120.38 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 purchasing this historically fascinating print, mindful that the subject of the portrait is the famous writer and advocate of Romanticism, 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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