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Monday 9 May 2022

Philippe Benoist’s experimental printer’s proof lithograph, 1870

Philippe Benoist (1813–c1905) in collaboration with Felix Benoist (1818–1896)

Trimmed experimental printer’s proof of two superimposed lithographs designed for Franz de Champagny’s (1804–1882) (et al) 1855/69/70, “Rome dans sa grandeur: vues, monuments anciens et modernes, description, histoire, institutions… (Rome in its grandeur: views, ancient and modern monuments, description, history, institutions...), published in Paris by H. Charpentier:

(printed upside down) “Intérieur de l'Église de Saint Ignace décorée pour un jour de grande Fête” (Interior plate of the church of Saint-Ignace, decorated for a day of great celebration) (;

(printed right way around) “Le Souverain Pontife porté en grande cérémonie dans la Basilique de St. Pierre” (The Sovereign Pontiff carried in great ceremony in the Basilica of St. Peter) (

Two superimposed lithographs printed in black ink, trimmed around platemarks and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

Size: (support sheet) 34.8 x 42.9 cm; (sheet) 24.2 x 35.5 cm.

Condition: the sheet is in an excellent condition.

I am selling this unique and somewhat Rembrandtesque experimental printer’s proof showing two superimposed lithographs of church interiors (one upside down), for the total cost of AU$208 in total (currently US$145.59/EUR138.53/GBP118.57 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 curiously interesting, one-of-a-kind and definitely bizarre printer’s proof, 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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