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Tuesday 13 July 2021

Proof and lettered states of Jules de Goncourt’s etching, “Portrait de Chardin”, 1876, after Maurice Quentin de La Tour

Jules de Goncourt (aka Jules Alfred de Goncourt) (1830–1870)

“Portrait de Chardin”, 1876, proof and lettered states of the same portrait of the famous painter, Jean Siméon Chardin (aka Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin) (1699–1779), by the pastellist Maurice Quentin de La Tour (aka Maurice Quentin Delatour) (1704–1788), printed by François Liénard (fl. c1860s–1880s) and published in Paris for the periodical “L’Art”.

(left) Proof state etching on Japan paper before lettering. A strongly inked and well-printed impression on tissue-thin paper in pristine condition. Size: (sheet) 41.5 x 29.6 cm; (plate) 31.9 x 24.4 cm. Inscribed in plate: (upper left) “J.G.12.”

(right) Lettered state etching on cream laid paper as published in “L’Art”. A near faultless impression in almost pristine condition. Size: (sheet) 41.3 x 28.7 cm; (plate) 31.7 x 24.2 cm; (image borderline) 28.6 x 22 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (upper left) “J.G.12.”

Lettered in plate above the image borderline: (centre) Exposition de dessins de Maitres Anciens, a l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts”.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “La Tour del./ L’Art.”; (centre) “PORTRAIT DE CHARDIN/ (Collection de Mr. Eudoxe Marcille)”; (right) J. de Goncourt sc/ F.s Liénard Imp. Paris”.

Burty 14 (Philippe Burty 1876, “Eaux-fortes de Jules de Goncourt”, Paris, Librairie de L’Art, p. 4, cat. no. 14 [Masque de Chardin]; see and illustration

See also the description of this print in its lettered state offered by the British Museum:

I am selling this remarkable pair of etchings showing different states (i.e. stages) in the execution of a portrait of the famous still-life painter, Chardin, for the total cost of AU$500 for the pair (currently US$374/EUR315.95/GBP270.23 at the time of posting this print) 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 these fascinating etchings offering an insight into how an artist has refined an image for publication, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

These prints have been sold

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