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Tuesday 6 April 2021

Charles Émile Jacque’s etchings, “Le Crépuscule” & “Le Vieux Pauvre”

Charles Émile Jacque (aka Charles Jacque; Charles Jaque) (1813–1894)

(upper) “Le Crépuscule” (Twilight), 1841, after Louis Marvy (aka Louis Maruy) (1815–1850);

(lower) “Le Vieux Pauvre” (The Old Poor) (aka “Cul-de-jatte”), 1861.

The British Museum offers the following description of this sheet of prints:

“Two individual scenes, printed on the same sheet; in the upper part, a landscape at dusk, after Marvy; in the lower part, an old beggar, sitting on the ground, holding a basket, a walking stick under his legs” (

Soft-ground etchings with drypoint and roulette printed on the same sheet of fine wove paper with the blindstamp of the publisher, L Curmer (fl. 1840s–60s) and address in Paris.

Size: (sheet) 30.7 x 23.2 cm; (plate) 26.2 x 20.6 cm; (borderline of upper image) 4.7 x 13.5 cm; (borderline of lower image) 9.5 x 7 cm.

Lettered on plate above the upper image borderline: (centre) “CH. JACQUE.”

Lettered on plate below the upper image borderline: (left) “Louis Marvy inv.”; (right) “Ch. Jacque sculp.”

Lettered on plate below the lower image borderline: (centre) “Ch. Jacque inv. & sculp./ Le Vieux Pauvre.”

Guiffrey 273 & 275 (undescribed states) (J-J Guiffrey 1866, “L'Oeuvre de Charles Jacque: catalogue de ses eaux-fortes et pointes seches”, Paris, p. 117, cat. nos. 273 & 275); IFF 6 & 7 (Bibliothèque nationale, Département des estampes [verzamelaar] 1930–, “Inventaire du fonds français après 1800”, vol. 11, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, p. 99, cat. nos. 6 & 7).

Guiffrey (1866) offers the following descriptions of the upper and lower prints (transl):

(upper) “Along a river that flows to the left passes a road on which travels a heavy wagon. On the right, some trees & a smoking chimney. The sky is almost invaded by the night.”

(lower) “A long-bearded legless beggar, his head covered with a high hat, holds a basket with both hands. His staff is in front of him lying across.” (p. 117)

See also the description of the upper print offered by the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impressions in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, losses, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this pair of museum-quality impressions on a full sheet—these prints are usually (shamefully) separated—for AU$314 in total for both prints (currently US$239.40/EUR202.80/GBP172.84 at the time of 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 rare sheet of darkly glowing etchings, 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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