Thursday, 21 November 2019
R Iselin's aquatint, “Battle of Morat”, 1827, after Martin Disteli
R Iselin (fl.1825–1830)
“Battle of Morat” (aka “Schlacht bei Murten”; “Bataille de Morat”; “Battle of Murten”), 1827, after Martin Disteli (1802–1844), illustration to Ernst Hermann Joseph Münch’s (1798–1841), “Pantheon der Geschichte des Teutschen Volkes” (Pantheon of the History of the German People), published in Freiburg im Breisgau, 1827, between pp. 120–21, showing the battle “in the Burgundian Wars (1474–77) that was fought on 22 June 1476 between Charles the Bold, the Duke of Burgundy, and a Swiss Confederate army at Morat/Murten, about 30 kilometres from Bern” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Morat).
Etching with aquatint on wove paper trimmed with a small margin around the image borderline (with loss of the title) and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 30.3 x 37.6 cm; (outer image borderline) 28.9 x 36.3 cm.
Inscribed on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Gez. v. M. Distele.”; (right) “Gest. v. R. Islin.”
See a coloured version of this print offered by Biblion Antiquariat (https://www.abebooks.com/Schlacht-Murten-Kolorierte-Aquatintaradierung-Iselin-Martin/17138079408/bd) and another aquatint from the same publication offered by Buchprojekt1 (https://buchprojekt1.de/produkt/w-nilson-nach-m-disteli-schlacht-von-iconium-3-kreuzzug-1827-aquatinta/).
Condition: a richly inked and well-printed strong impression, trimmed with a small margin around the image borderline with loss of the title below the publication details. There is a restored, closed tear at the top of the image and the sheet has been laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.
I am selling this action-filled aquatint—possibly a spirit aquatint based on places showing the characteristic egg-shell craquelure (but I may be wrong)—for AU$188 (currently US$127.96/EUR115.40/GBP98.88 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 amazing battle scene where every carefully aquatinted detail tells a story, please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold
Interestingly, the site of the Battle of Morat touched the romantic spirit of Lord Byron as the poet lamented about the battlefield in “Canto III” of “Childe Harold's Pilgrimage”:
“There is a spot should not be pass'd in vain,--
Morat! the proud, the patriot field! where man
May gaze on ghastly trophies of the slain,
Nor blush for those who conquered on that plain …” (v. 63).