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Friday 11 February 2022

Georges Profit’s etching with engraving, “The Girl with a Pearl Earring”, 1923, after Vermeer

Georges Profit (aka Georges Ernest Profit) (1864–[after?]1923)

This artist is arguably best known for his illustrations to Emile Arthur Soldi’s “Les Arts Meconnus: Les Nouveaux Musees du Trocadero”, published in Paris by Ernest Leroux in 1881 (see, for example:  

“The Girl with a Pearl Earring”, 1923, proof-state etching with scratch inscription in plate and a pencil signed dedication and sanguine coloured remarque after the famous painting of the same title (c1665) by Johannes Vermeer (aka Jan Vermeer) (1632–1675), in the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis collection (The Hague).

Etching with engraving on cream laid paper, hand-signed in pencil by the artist with a dedication to René Padorani (or possibly, Perdorani) and with a remarque printed in sanguine coloured ink featuring a bouquet of three tulips. Note that the etching by Adolphe Crauk that I listed recently has the same recipient (René Padorani) for the artist’s dedication.

Size: (sheet) 65 x 50 cm; (plate) 47.5 x 41.8 cm; (image borderline) 39.5 x 34.4 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (upper left) Vermeer’s signature/monogram.

Scratch inscribed in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Georges Profit – La Haye 1923”.

Hand-inscribed dedication and signature in pencil: (lower right) “A mon amie René Padovani [or Perdovani?]/ bien cordial souvenir/ Georges Profit”. (To my friend René Padovani/ very cordial memory/ Georges Profit).

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed proof state impression is near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this large and magnificent translation of Vermeer’s famous painting into the finest network of line—from my standpoint, a true masterwork of reproductive etching with engraving!—for AU$343 in total (currently US$244.86/EUR215.72/GBP180.49 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 superb etching that is so rare that it is not to be found in any of the major museums—or, going further, anywhere on the web from my experience of searching!—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold 

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