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Tuesday 18 July 2023

Adolphe Appian’s etching, “Cabanes de Pêcheurs sur les Côtes d'Italie”, 1876

Adolphe Appian (1818–1898)

“Cabanes de Pêcheurs sur les Côtes d'Italie” (Huts of fishermen on the Italian coast), 1876, printed and published in Paris by Alfred Cadart (1828–1875) for Une Société de Peintres-Graveurs a L'Eau-Forte as Plate 350 in “L'Illustration Nouvelle”, yr. & vol. 8, 1 September 1876.

Etching with plate tone on fine laid paper.

Size: (sheet) 24.5 x 37.7 cm; (plate) 14.7 x 23.9 cm; (image borderline) 11.8 x 19.8 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (upper left corner) “Appian”.

Numbered in plate above the image borderline: (right) “350.”

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “A.Appian, del. et sculp.”; (centre) “CABANES DE PÊCHEURS SUR LES CÔTES D'ITALIE.”; (right) “Vve A.Cadart,Edit.Imp.56, BardHaussmann,Paris.”

State iii (of v) before the change of publisher address to Ch. Deloriere of state iv and reduction in the plate size of state v.

Curtis & Prouté 42iii (Atherton Cutiis & Paul Prouté 1968, “Adolphe Appian son Oeuvre Gravé et Lithographié”, Paris, Paul Prouté, cat. no. 42 iii); Jennings 37 (Herbert H Jennings 1925, Adolphe Appian (essay) in “Print Collector’s Quarterly,” vol. 12, no. 1, p. 115, cat. no. 37 [see]).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print (from state iv):

“Landscape, with boats moored by the coast, including a boat at right with a fisherman; at left, a building; beyond at centre, mountain ranges; clouds fill the sky ...” (

Condition: a richly inked, strong, near faultless impression with wide margins. Beyond marks in the margin at upper right the sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, folds, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this poetically beautiful scene inviting the eye to follow the sweep of the bay from dilapidated fishermen huts and simple fishing boats lining the shoreline to the distant horizon—note that the everyday details of the fishing village are rendered in a diagonal band of what I see as a mysterious shadow—for the total cost of AU$315 (currently US$210.55/EUR190.50/GBP167.70 at the time of 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 superb etching executed by an artist with a strong personal vision and close connection with the Barbizon School, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

Note that this is the second impression that I have of this etching and the earlier listed copy is still available (but a tad more expensive); see

This print has been sold but the earlier listed copy is still available

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