Charles Jacque (aka Charles Émile Jacque; Charles Jaque) (1813–1894)
“M Jules Luquet, Directeur de la Société des Aquafortistes” (aka “M. J. Luquet” [as inscribed on plate]), 1866, plate 241 to the fifth volume of prints (“Eaux-Fortes Modernes”) produced by the Société des Aquafortistes, printed by Auguste-Marie Delâtre (1822–1907) and published in Paris by Cadart & Luquet (fl.1863–1867).
Etching and aquatint with pale plate tone on laid paper.
Size: (sheet) 33.6 x 26.1 cm; (image borderline) 25.5 x 20.5 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (upper left corner) “Ch. Jacque 1866.”
Numbered on plate above the image borderline: (right corner) “241.”
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Ch. Jacque sculp.”; (centre) “M. J/ LUQUET/ Directeur-Gérant de la Société des Aqua-fortistes/ Paris, Publié par CADART & LUQUET, Editeurs, 79, Rue Richelieu.”; (right) “Imp. Delâtre, Rue St. Jacques, 303, Paris.”
Beraldi 437 (Henri Béraldi 1885–1892, “Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle: Guide de l'Amateur d'Estampes Modernes”, vol. VIII, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, cat. no. 437); IFF 332 (Jean Adhémar & Jacques Lethève 1954, “Inventaire du Fonds Français après 1800”, vol. 11, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, cat. no. 332).
The National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Harvard Art Museums and the British Museum offer descriptions of this print: https://artsearch.nga.gov.au/detail.cfm?irn=35036&pictaus=true; https://hvrd.art/o/238884; https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1867-1214-2.
Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression in excellent condition with no tears, holes, losses, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.
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