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Thursday 21 December 2023

Matthias Pfenninger’s etching, “Soldier Wielding a Weapon, Seen from Behind”, 1764, after Philip James de Loutherbourg

Matthias Pfenninger (ala Mathias Pfeninger; Mathias Pfenninguer) (1739–1813)

“Soldier Wielding a Weapon, Seen from Behind” (MET title) (aka “Soldier with Axe and Quiver”; “Soldat mit Beil und Köcher”), 1764, plate 7 from a series of 8 etchings, “Eight Studies of Soldiers", designed by Philip James de Loutherbourg (aka Philipp Jakob Loutherburg; Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg) (1740–1812) “during his Paris years, 1755–71” (see the description of this print offered by the MET: in the manner of Salvator Rosa (1615–1673).

Note that the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum Braunschweighttps attributes this print to Philip James de Loutherbourg (see from the series “Premier et seconde suites de Soldats”, but from my reading of the documentation regarding these series offered by Henri Béraldi 1-2 (see; Charles Le Blanc 21–32 (see and G K Nagler 14 (see, advise that both series had six plates only and so this attribution as plate 7 in either series seems doubtful—of course I may be wrong.

Etching on heavy laid paper, trimmed with a small margin around the image borderline.

Size: (sheet) 28.5 x 19.6 cm; (image borderline) 27 x 18.9 cm.

Numbered in plate above the image borderline at upper right: “7.”

Condition: a strong and near faultless impression, trimmed with a small margin around the image borderline, in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds or significant stains.

I am selling this arresting—perhaps ever iconic—image of a soldier portrayed in the manner of Salvator Rosa, for AU$287 (currently US$193.72/EUR176.62/GBP153.02 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 finely executed etching portraying the statuesque strength and the rock-solid steadfast spirit of an idealised soldier, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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