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Friday, 17 September 2021

Frederick Christian Lewis’s coloured stipple engraving, “Profil de Jeune Fille”, 1835, after Sir Thomas Lawrence

Frederick Christian Lewis (the elder) (1779–1856)

“Profil de Jeune Fille”, 1835 (pub. 1892), stipple engraving after a drawing by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–30), published in the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts”, 1892. and printed in colour (à la poupée) by A Clément (fl. c1887–1892) in Paris. Archive.org offers and online view of this print as published: https://archive.org/details/gazettedesbeauxa38umass/page/62/mode/2up.

The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, (NGV) holds a trial impression of this print (before the addition of colour and lettered publication details) with pencil notes to the printer advising that the neck area should be kept lighter:  https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/28068/.

Stipple engraving in the crayon-manner coloured in the plate à la poupée—a technique in which colour is added to the plate using bell-shaped wads of cloth (“with the doll”)—trimmed with a small margin around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 26.9 x 17.4 cm; (plate) 24.2 x 16.9; (image borderline) 22.3 x 15 cm.

Lettered in plate along the lower edge: (left) “Th. Lawrence del. / Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”; (centre) “PROFIL DE JEUNE FILLE”; (lower right) “F.C. Lewis sc./ Imp. A. Clèment_Paris”.

Condition: The engraving is a superb impression, delicately coloured and trimmed along the platemark on the left and with a small margin on the other sides. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing and is laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper (to allow for handling and mounting).

I am selling this exceptionally beautiful engraving for the total cost of AU$247 (currently US$180.57/EUR153.26/GBP130.79 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 jewel-like portrait executed with sublime skill—note how the artist has been able to add the hint of luminosity to the shadow cast onto the face—please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold 











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