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Friday, 28 May 2021

Daniel Charles Marie Mordant’s engraving, “L'Espérance”, 1897, after George Frederic Watts

Daniel Charles Marie Mordant (1854–1914)

“L'Espérance” (aka “The Audacity of Hope”), 1897, after George Frederic Watts’ (1817–1904) painting, “Hope”, 1886, in the Tate Gallery (see https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/george-frederic-watts-586).  

A proof-state impression on vellum before lettering for publication as an original engraved illustration printed by Louis Fort (fl. 1905) bound between pages 132 and 133 in the periodical, “Revue de l'Art ancien et modern”, vol. 4, 1897, (see https://archive.org/details/larevuedelartanc04pariuoft/page/141/mode/2up).

Engraving printed in a warm black ink on vellum before lettering with publication details.

Size: (sheet) 31 x 23.7 cm; (plate) 22 x 16.8 cm; (image borderline) 17.5 x 13.8 cm.

Condition: a superb artist’s proof impression on the finest vellum in pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this extraordinarily rare and beautiful engraving executed in the most delicate of strokes after Watts’ famous allegorical painting showing the personification of hope as a blind young woman seated on a mist shrouded globe as she lightly strums on the last unbroken string of her lyre, for AU$312 (currently US$241.19/EUR197.70/GBP169.92 at the time of posting this 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 museum-quality engraving, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.










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