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Friday 31 March 2023

Eugène André Champollion’s etching, “Moroccans Playing with a Vulture”, 1877, after Mariano Fortuny


Eugène André Champollion (1848–1901)

“Moroccans Playing with a Vulture” (aka “Marocains Jouant avec un Vautour”), 1877, after Mariano Fortuny’s (aka Mariano José María Bernardo Fortuny y Carbo; Mariano José María Bernardo Fortuny y Marsal) (1838–1874) painting exhibited in the Salon of 1877 and in the collection of Mr. de Fontagud Gargollo (as inscribed in the published state of this print). This impression is before the lettered state with publication details for “L'Art” (1877, vol., 10, p. 282) and inscribed with Alfred Salmon (aka Alfred Fortuné Salmon) as the printer (fl.1863–1894).

Etching on cream laid paper with partial watermark and wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 29.6 x 39.2 cm; (plate) 24 x 31.5 cm; (image borderline) 20.8 x 28.9 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline along the lower edge: (left) “E. Champollion aqua f.”; (right) Fortuny/ 1[8?] 68”.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Fortuny del.”; (centre) “MAROCAINS JOUANT AVEC UN VAUTOUR.”; (right) “E. Champollion sc.”

Beraldi 1 (Henri Beraldi 1886, “Les Graveurs du Dix-Neuvième Siècle: Brascassat - Chéret”, vol. 4, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, p. 83, cat. no. 1 [Planches Publiees dans “L'Art”]; IFF 6. 

See also the description of this print offered by the British Museum:

Condition: a strong impression with wide margins in a near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this insightfully executed etching capturing the almost Impressionistic style of paint handling for which Fortuny is known—note, for example, how the figures are represented with tiny “broken” touches of tone as if the light was bouncing on the surface of their forms rather than portraying the same subject with the more academic approach of rendering forms with blended tonal gradations—for the total cost of AU$233 (currently US$155.55/EUR142.90/GBP125.78 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 superb etching worthy of close study, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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