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Monday, 3 August 2020

Théophile Chauvel’s etching, “Solitude”, 1862


Théophile Chauvel (aka Théophile-Narcisse Chauvel) (1831–c1914)

“Solitude,” 1862, Plate 41 from sixty etchings featured in the first year (September 1862–August 1863) and first volume of prints produced by the Société des Aquafortistes, “Eaux-Fortes Modernes: Originales et Inédites” (Modern Etchings: Original and New), printed by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907) and published by A. Cadart & F. Chevalier (fl.1861–1863) and A. Cadart & Luquet (fl.1863–1867) in May 1863 in Paris.

Etching on watermarked laid paper with the blindstamp of the publisher and printed with full margins (as published).
Size: (sheet) 35.7 x 53 cm; (plate) 23.5 x 31.4 cm; (image borderline) 21.2 x 25.9 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “T. Chauvel 62”.
Numbered on plate above the image borderline: (upper right corner) “41.”
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) T. Chauvel pinxt. & sculpt.”; (centre) “SOLITUDE./ Paris, Publié par A. CADART & F. CHEVALIER, Éditeurs, Rue Richelieu, 66.”; (right) Imp. Delâtre, Rue St. Jacques, 303, Paris.”
Blindstamped below the platemark: (centre) “A CADART & LUQUET/ EDITEURS/ 66 R.[UE] RICHELIEU”.

IFF 5 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes).
The British Museum, National Gallery of Australia and the Harvard Art Museums offer descriptions of this print:

Condition: richly inked and faultless impression with generously wide margins. The sheet is in near pristine condition for its age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing).

I am selling this large etching exemplifying the Romantic spirit of nineteenth-century France for AU$228 in total (currently US$162.53/EUR137.93/GBP123.98 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail [EMS] 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 graphically strong etching with its subtle reference to the great landscape tradition dating back to Poussin in the placement of a figure dwarfed by the surrounding forest, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.











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