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Tuesday 21 February 2023

Karl Köpping’s etching with drypoint, “Trauer”, 1894

Karl Köpping (aka Carl Köpping; Charles Koepping) (1848–1914)

“Trauer” (Grief), 1894, published by the Gesellschaft für Vervielfältigende Kunst (Society for Reproducing Art) (1871–1934) in Vienna.

Etching and drypoint on heavy cream-coloured wove paper with margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 40 x 30.4 cm; (plate) 29.5 x 23.6 cm; (image borderline) 26.5 x 22.2 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Druck & Verlag der Gesellschaft f. vervielf. Kunst in Wien.”; (centre) “ORIGINAL RADIRUNG VON CH. KOEPPING.”; (right) “Vervielfältigung vorbehalten.”

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Seated woman in profile to left; her head is resting in her hand. Etching with drypoint” (

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed (near faultless) impression in near pristine condition as published.

I am selling this superb etching (with drypoint) of a woman with her head in her hands in grief—note in particular the insightful transition of line from the controlled cross-hatched lines describing the sheen of light on the woman’s back to the boldly laid marks portraying the woman’s profound despair as she buries her head in her hands in shadow—for AU$290 (currently US$199.91/EUR187.29/GBP166.17 at the time of posting this print) 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—note the confidently strong linework that (to my eyes) project the same strength of purpose as the linework of Käthe Kollwitz—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

Note that this is the second print by Karl Köpping that I have listed. The previously listed print, “Smiling Young Woman Holding a Large Flower Vase”, 1910, is still (surprisingly) available:

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