Paolo Mercuri (aka Paul Mercury) (1804–1884)
“The Execution of Lady Jane Grey” (aka “Jane Gray”), c.1858 (date based on my earlier listing of another impression of this print [now sold] inscribed with this date), after Paul Delaroche’s (aka Hippolyte Delaroche) (1797–1856) painting (1833) in the National Gallery, London (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Execution_of_Lady_Jane_Grey), printed in Paris by Goupil & Cie (fl.1827–1919) with the inscribed note: “Tiré de la Galerie du Prince Anatole Demidoff” (From the Gallery of Prince Anatole Demidoff [Count Anatole Nikolaievich Demidov, 1st Prince of San Donato, 1812–1870]).
Etching with engraving on heavy wove paper with wide margins.
Size: (sheet) 53.9 x 58.1 cm; (plate) 43.4 x 48.4 cm; (image borderline) 29 x 35.1 cm.
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Peint par Paul De la Roche”; (centre) “Tiré de la Galerie du Prince Anatole Demidoff/ JANE GRAY/Imprimé par GOUPIL & CIE. À PARIS”; (right) “Gravé par P. Mercury”.
The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print (before lettering): (transl.) “Lady Jane Gray is kneeling on a cushion. She is blindfolded and fumbles forward with her hands. In front of her is a chopping block. A man in a rich fur-trimmed cloak bends over her. Next to [them] is the executioner with an axe ready. In the background two crying women” (http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.339926).
Condition: a strong and near faultless impression with generously wide margins. Beyond minor surface marks and chips, the sheet is in an excellent condition for its size and age.
I am selling this large and finely executed etching (with engraving)—a true masterwork of nineteenth century reproductive printmaking—for the total cost of AU$306 (currently US$204.53/EUR185.06/GBP162.90 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.
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This print has been sold