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Sunday, 10 October 2021

Alfred Louis Brunet-Debaines’ etching, "Magdalen College from the Meadows", 1879

Alfred Louis Brunet-Debaines (1845–1939)

"Magdalen College from the Meadows" (aka “Magdalen Tower, Oxford”; “Magdalen Tower from Christchurch Meadows”; “Magdalen College from Christchurch Walks”), 1879, published in London in Philip Gilbert Hamerton’s (1834-1894) journal, The Portfolio” (see http://www.artoftheprint.com/artistpages/brunet_debaines_alfred_magdalentower.htm) and  later by Seely & Co. Ltd., in 1896 (see https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alfred-Louis_Brunet-Debaines02.jpg).  Note that the date of this print is slightly fluid on the art market and I have taken the date, 1879, based on auction descriptions; for example: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/106457164_1879-alfred-louis-brunet-debaines-magdalen-college-from).

Etching on cream wove paper.

Size: (sheet) 22.9 X 29.7 cm; (plate) 17.2 x 23.8 cm; (image borderline) 14.4 x 21.2 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “A Brunet Debaines”.

Not catalgued in Henri Bérald’s (1886) “Les graveurs du XIXe siècle: Guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes”, vol. IV, Paris,. Librairie L. Conquet, pp. 22–25 (see https://archive.org/details/lesgraveursdu19e04berauoft/page/22/mode/2up).

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed (faultless) impression with generous margins. The verso of the sheet is toned and shows signs of mounting, otherwise the sheet is in very good condition with no tears, holes, folds, losses or significant stains.

I am selling this very beautiful etching—note the velvet-like shadows created by the technique of retroussage where the printmaker lightly touches the freshly inked plate with a soft rag to “drag” ink out of the etched lines—revealing a distant view of the Magdalen Tower (University of Oxford) through a natural arch in trees, for the total cost of AU$198 (currently US$144.77/EUR125.15/GBP106.30 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 magnificent etching glowing with sparkling contrasts, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.











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