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Wednesday 17 August 2022

Léon Cogniet’s lithograph, “L'Attention (deux jeunes femmes)”, 1828

Léon Cogniet (1794–1880),

“L'Attention (deux jeunes femmes)” (aka “L'Attention (Madame Cogniet et sa fille”), 1828 (c1815–1863 [BM attrib.], plate 488 printed in Paris by Bertauts (fl.1830s–1880) and also published by Bertauts in “Souvenirs d’Artistes”. 

Lithograph on chine collé on wove paper with wide margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 31.1 x 45.1 cm; (chine collé) 11.9 x 16.6 cm.

Lettered and numbered above the chine collé: (left) “Souvenirs d’Artistes”; (right) “488”.

Lettered below the chine collé: (left) “L. Cogniet lith./ L’Attention.”; (right) “Imp. Bertauts, Paris.”

Beraldi 10 (Henri Béraldi 1886, “Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle: Guide de l'Amateur d'Estampes Modernes”, vol. v, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, p. 27, cat. no. 10); IFF 12 (vol. 5, p. 66).

The British Museum and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offer descriptions of this print:; Note that the BM advises that this print is after Léon Cogniet, but, as the publication details show Cogniet as the lithographer and Bertauts as the printer, I presume the “after” refers to the composition of this lithograph being after a painting by Cogniet. Note that Beraldi (1886) advises: (transl.) “Léon Cogniet's paintings were engraved or lithographed by Delaistre, Jazet, Lane, Marin Lavigne, Midy, Leon Noel, etc. — See also the Galleries of Versailles. Julien lithographed a drawing course by Léon Cogniet” (p. 28).

Condition: a well-printed (near faultless) impression with generously wide margins. Beyond thinness where there were mounting supports and a reinforced tear (verso) the sheet is in an excellent condition with no holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing.

I am selling this exceptionally beautiful lithograph study showing what I understand is the artist’s wife and daughter, for the total cost of AU$229 (currently US$159.84/EUR157.37/GBP132.21 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but no (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this sensitively executed lithograph described in Beraldi’s catalogue (1886) as a “petite lithographie très intéressante” (p. 27), 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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