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Saturday 19 December 2020

Bernard-Romain Julien’s crayon-manner lithograph, “Etude au Crayon Blanc No 29”, c1845

Bernard-Romain Julien (1802–1871)

“Etude au Crayon Blanc No 29”, c1845 (based on the address of the publishers who were active in Place de la Bourse, Paris, in 1845), after a drawing by Nicolas François Octave Tassaert (1800–1874), illustration (plate 29) to Julien’s drawing course, “Cours de Dessin”, published and printed by Aubert & Cie (fl.c1830s–1880s) in Paris.

Note that Thomas Fairland (1804–1852) also executed a lithograph after the same design by Tassaert (with minor differences). Fairland’s lithograph was published in 1840 in London by W Kent (late D. Bogue) in “Julien's Studies of Heads: Selected from Paintings of Eminent Artists, or Drawn from Nature” (see plate 18:

Crayon-manner lithograph printed in black and white ink on buff coloured wove paper with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 48.2 x 31.2 cm.

Inscribed on plate: (lower left) “Imp. d’Aubert & Cie.”; (lower centre) “ÉTUDE AU CRAYON BLANC No. 29./ Lithographiée par Julien d’ après Tassaert.”; (lower right) “Chez Aubert & Cie. Pl. de la Bourse”.

Condition: strong impression with full margins as published. Beyond a closed tear (approx. 3 cm) at the upper edge and minor signs of handling (i.e. small nicks and bumps to the edges), the sheet is in a good condition for its age with no foxing or significant stains.

I am selling this large and exceptionally beautiful (and rare!) crayon-manner lithograph by one of the most famous of 19th century artists involved in creating academic studies for students to copy, for the total cost of AU$235 (currently US$179.27/EUR146.33/GBP132.49 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 purchasing this exquisite lithograph, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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