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Wednesday 13 December 2023

Auguste Lançon’s etching, “North American Elk (Wapiti)”, 1876

Auguste Lançon (aka Auguste André Lançon; Auguste Lançon) (1836–1885)

“North American Elk (Wapiti)” (aka “Cerf Wapeti de l'Amérique du Nord” [as titled in plate]), 1876, from the series, “Etudes d'Animaux” (Animal Studies), printed in Paris by Alfred Salmon (aka Adolphe Ardail; Salmon & Ardail; Alfred Fortuné Salmon) (fl.1863–1894) and published in the art periodical, “L'Art”, in 1876, volume VII, page 143.

Etching on cream laid paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 36.9 x 25.3 cm; (plate) 25.5 x 17.4 cm; (image borderline) 23 x 15.5 cm.

Lettered in plate above the image borderline: (centre) “ÉTUDES D'ANIMAUX.”

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Aug. Lançon del. & sculp./ L’Art.”; (centre) “CERF WAPETI DE L'AMÉRIQUE DU NORD./ (Ayant appartenu au Jardin d'Acclimatation)”; (right) “Imp. A. Salmon.”

IFF 18 (Bibliothèque Nationale de France 1939–, “Inventaire du Fonds Français: Graveurs du XIXe Siècle”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Départment des Estampes, cat. no. 18).

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

Interestingly, offers and on-line view of Auguste Lançon’s 1882 publication, “Les Animaux chez Eux” (Paris, L. Baschet), illustrated with the artist’s animal studies (but not this etching):

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed (faultless) impression with generously wide margins in pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this wonderful etching of an elk in forest shadow—note how the artist has extended the outward rhythm of the elk’s horns through lean of the background trees—for AU$246 (currently US$164.43/EUR148.77/GBP164.43 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail 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 by a master draughtsman of animals (among other subjects), please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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