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Saturday 12 December 2020

Alphonse Leroy’s Crayon-manner engraving, “Study of a Man’s Head Facing Left”, c1858, after Andrea del Sarto

Alphonse Leroy (aka Alphonse Alexandre Leroy), 1820–1902)

“Study of a Man’s Head Facing Left” (descriptive title only), c1858, after a drawing (1488) by Andrea del Sarto (aka Andrea Vannucchi) (1486–1530), plate 14 (XIV) from the series of 31 plates commissioned under the patronage of Count Alfred Émilien O'Hara van Nieuwerkerke (1811–1892) after old master drawings transcribed as engravings to be used as drawing lesson studies (“Cours de Dessin”) in “Collection de dessins originaux de grands maîtres gravés en fac-simile par Alphonse Leroy; avec texte explicatif par MM. F. Reiset et F. Villot, conservateurs du Musée Imperial du Louvre”, printed by L Eudes (fl.1876–1888) and published in 1857–1859 (for plates 1–20) and 1860 (for plates 21 to 31) by Dusacq & Cie (fl.1864–1869) in Paris.

The British Museum offers a description of the series of which this engraving is a part:

Crayon-manner engraving with aquatint(?) and plate tone, printed in a sanguine coloured ink on chine collé (China paper) on heavy blue wove paper with a wide margin.

Size: (sheet) 28.1 x 40.5 cm; (image borderline) 26.8 x 39.5 cm.

Numbered and lettered on plate above the image borderline: (centre) “COURS DE DESSIN/ FAC-SIMILE DES GRANDS MAÎTRES.”; (right) “Pl. XIV.”

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Dessiné par André del Sarto”; (centre) “Imp Eudes Paris/ Andrea del sarto, né á Florence en 1488, mort dans la meme ville en 1530./ DUSACQ & Cie 14, Boulevart Poissonniere, Paris”; (right) “Gravé par Alphonse Leroy.”

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with a generously wide margin. The sheet is in a very good condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this large crayon-manner engraving designed as a drawing lesson study, for [deleted] at the time of posting this print) 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 purchasing this exceptionally sensitive translation of the texture of a chalk drawing into an engraving, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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