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Tuesday 6 July 2021

Adolphe Appian’s etching, “Cabanes de Pêcheurs sur les Côtes d'Italie”, 1876

Adolphe Appian (1818–1898)

“Cabanes de Pêcheurs sur les Côtes d'Italie” (Huts of fishermen on the Italian coast), 1876, printed and published in Paris by Alfred Cadart (1828–1875) for Une Société de Peintres-Graveurs a L'Eau-Forte as Plate 350  in “L'Illustration Nouvelle, yr. & vol. 8, 1 September 1876. Gallica – BnF offers an online view of all the prints (including this etching) featured in this publication:

Etching with plate tone on fine laid paper (watermarked) with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 31 x 48.5 cm; (plate) 14.8 x 23.9 cm; (image borderline) 11.8 x 19.8 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (upper left corner) “Appian”.

Numbered in plate above the image borderline: (right) “350.”

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “A.Appian, del. et sculp.”; (centre) “CABANES DE PÊCHEURS SUR LES CÔTES D'ITALIE.”; (right) “Vve A. Cadart, Edit. Imp. 56, Bard Haussmann, Paris.

State iii (of v) before the change of publisher address to Deloriere of state iv and reduction in the plate size of state v.

Curtis & Prouté 42iii (Atherton Cutiis & Paul Prouté 1968, “Adolphe Appian son Oeuvre Gravé et Lithographié”, Paris, Paul Prouté, cat. no. 42 iii); Jennings 37 (Herbert H Jennings 1925, Adolphe Appian (essay) in “Print Collector’s Quarterly,” vol. 12, no. 1, p. 115, cat. no. 37 [see]).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print (from state iv):

“Landscape, with boats moored by the coast, including a boat at right with a fisherman; at left, a building; beyond at centre, mountain ranges; clouds fill the sky ...” (

Condition: a richly inked, strong, near faultless impression in near pristine condition with full margins (as published) with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this poetically beautiful scene inviting the eye to follow the sweep of the bay from dilapidated fishermen huts and simple fishing boats lining the shoreline to the distant horizon—note that the everyday details of the fishing village are rendered in a diagonal band of what I see as a mysterious shadow—for the total cost of AU$335 (currently US$223.91/EUR202.60/GBP178.34 at the time of 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 superb etching executed by an artist with a strong personal vision and close connection with the Barbizon School please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

Watermark of the laid paper