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Tuesday 31 December 2019

Jean Léon Gérôme's etching, “Le Fumeur Égyptien”, c.1865

Jean Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)

“Le Fumeur Égyptien” (The Egyptian Smoker), c.1865, proof impression before lettering for publication in “La Gazette des Beaux-Arts” in 1868.

Etching with drypoint on grey chine collé (China) on fine laid paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 26.5 x 18.2 cm; (faint platemark) 12.7 x 10.1 cm; (chine collé) 11 x 8.5 cm.
Signed on plate in reverse at lower left: “J. L. Gerôme”.

Beraldi 1885-92 1 (Henri Béraldi [1885–1892], “Les graveurs du 19e siècles: guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes”, Paris); IFF 3 (Bibliothèque Nationale, Départment des Estampes 1939–, “Inventaire du Fonds Français: Graveurs du XVIIe siècle”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Egyptian man seen half-length, facing front, smoking a long pipe; proof before letter
Etching on chine collé”.

See also the description offered by The Art of the Print:

This is the second etching by Gérôme that I have listed; see the earlier post focused on “La Mort de César”:

Condition: faultless impression with generous margins in pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use). The sheet laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this jewel-like impression of the highest quality for AU$396 in total (currently US$277.70/EUR247.76/GBP211.63 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 sensitively executed etching by the “key exponent of Orientalism in nineteenth-century France” (BM bibl. Gérôme), 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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