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Friday 30 August 2019

Charles Émile Jacque’s soft-ground etching, “Le Crépuscule”, 1841, after Louis Marvy

Charles Émile Jacque (aka Charles Jacque; Charles Jaque) (1813–1894)

“Le Crépuscule” (Twilight), 1841, after Louis Marvy (aka Louis Maruy) (1815–1850).
Regarding the publication of this print, the British Museum advises that this and another softground etching (with roulette), ”Le Vieux Pauvre”, 1861, were printed on the same sheet (see BM no. 1865,1209.744). This helps to explain the narrow lower margin of “Le Crépuscule” where a previous collector must have separated the two prints

Soft-ground etching, drypoint and roulette on fine wove paper trimmed with small margins around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 6.4 x 16.9 cm; (image borderline) 4.7 x 13.5 cm.
Lettered on plate above the image borderline: (centre) “CH. JACQUE.”
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Louis Marvy inv.”; (right) “Ch. Jacque sculp.”

Guiffrey 1866 273 (undescribed state) (J-J Guiffrey 1866, “L'Oeuvre de Charles Jacque: catalogue de ses eaux-fortes et pointes seches”, Paris, p. 117, cat. nr. 273); IFF après 1800 6 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris, vol. 11, p. 99, cat. 6).

Guiffrey offers the following description of this print:
(Transl.) “Along a river that flows to the left passes a road on which travels a heavy wagon. On the right, some trees & a smoking chimney. The sky is almost invaded by the night.” (p. 117).

See also the description of this print offered by the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: well-printed impression trimmed with small margins around the image borderline and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in a very good condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing).

I am selling this darkly glowing and intimately small etching of fading light executed by one of the leading luminaries of the Barbizon School for AU$188 (currently US$126.35/EUR114.46/GBP103.79 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 very poetic and very beautiful etching, 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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