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Monday 18 July 2022

Alphonse Charles Masson’s etching, “Eugène Delacroix”, c1860

Alphonse Charles Masson (1814-1898)

“Eugène Delacroix” (Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix [1798–1863]), c1860, published in Paris in the art periodical, “L'Artiste”, and printed by Brébant (fl. c1858–1865).

Etching with engraving printed in a warm black ink on chine collé on wove paper backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 30.1 x 22.1 cm; (plate) 28.1 x 21 cm; (image borderline) 19.5 x 16.1 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “A. Masson del. et sct.”; (centre) “EUGÈNE DELACROIX”; (right) “Imp. Brebant. 7, Rue de Lancry. Paris”.

Beraldi 4 (Henri Béraldi 1889, “Les graveurs du XIXe siècle: Guide de l'amateur d'estampes modernes: LAEMLEINMÉCOU”, vol. 9, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, p. 246, cat. no. 4 [Planches pour “L’Artiste”]).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Portrait of French painter Eugène Delacroix, half-length, sitting directed to right, looking to front, his right hand tucked inside his waistcoat; published in ‘L'Artiste’ (

Condition: a well-printed impression with small margins around the platemark and laid upon a sheet of millennium quality washi paper providing wide margins. Beyond minor toning (handling marks) on the corners, the sheet is in a very good condition with no significant issues.

I am selling this historically significant etching of the famous artist, Eugène Delacroix, for AU$206 (currently US$141.11/EUR139.04/GBP117.97 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 sensitively executed portrait of one of the major nineteenth century artists—note that Masson’s etching shows a interesting change in the position of Delacroix’s hand from that shown in Masson’s preparatory drawing (c1854) held in the Louvre (see—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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