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Thursday 3 March 2022

Ferdinand Kobell’s etching with aquatint, “The Sleeping Traveller”, c1780s

Ferdinand Kobell (1740–1799)

“The Sleeping Traveller”, c1780s, from a pair of etchings, “Deux Estampes au Lavis” (Two Prints with Wash) (Stengel 90–91) .

Etching with aquatint on laid paper trimmed with a small margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 4.2 x 8.8 cm; (plate) 3.3 x 7.4 cm.

Inscribed in plate with the artist’s initials: (lower left) “f K”.

Stengel 91 (Stephan Christian von Baron Stengel 1822, “Catalogue Raisonné des Estampes de F. Kobell”, Nuremberg, Riegel & Wiesner, p. 70, cat. no. 91).

Stengel (1822) offers the following description of this print: (transl.) “The Sleeping Traveller. A boy seen from behind is lying on the ground, his head resting on his crossed arms, and turned? towards the left. His package is in front of him lying near a bush, and behind him his hat, below which are the letters: f. K.” (p. 70).

See also the descriptions of this print offered by the British Museum and Rijksmuseum:;

Condition: a richly inked lifetime impression (based on the quality of line showing no sign of wear to the printing plate) with narrow margins around the plate mark and laid onto a support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this very small jewel-like etching with aquatint for the total cost of AU$230 (currently US$168.62/EUR152.65/GBP126.42 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 very beautiful etching shaded with aquatint showing a young man sleeping in the field, 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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