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Friday 1 December 2023

Johann Adam Klein’s etching, “Foal with Herbs”, 1814

Johann Adam Klein (1792–1875)

“Foal with Herbs” (aka “Das Fohlen bei Kräutern”), 1814, title plate to a series of twelve plates executed in Vienna from direct observation in nature by the artist and published in Nuremberg by Johann Friedrich Frauenholz (1758–1822). This is a proof impression before lettering with the publication details.

Etching on wove paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 21.5 x 24.8 cm; (plate) 14.1 x 16.1 cm; (image borderline) 12 x 13.8 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (upper left corner) “[artist’s monogram] fc”; (upper centre) “12. radierte Blätter v. J: A: Klein./ nach der Natur gez; u. geäzrt/ in Wien 1814.”

State ii (of iii) before the addition of the publisher’s address of state iii.

Jahn 134 (C. Jahn1863, “Das Werk von Johann Adam Klein”, Munich, Montinorülon'schen Kunsthandlung, p. 51, cat. no. 134 [see]).

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with wide margins in a very good condition with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this beautiful and very poetic etching showing a foal a resting on a bed of leafy greens, for AU$199 (currently US$133.01/EUR120.35/GBP105.94 at the time of posting 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 sensitively executed etching that is the title plate to a series of plates featuring the artist’s close observation of the war-torn lives at the time (e.g., “Patrol of the Cossacks”; “French Prisoners of War”; “Bavarian Field Blacksmiths”), please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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