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Tuesday 30 January 2024

Félix Bracquemond’s etching, “The Sands of Tombelaine and Mont St. Michel”, 1887

Félix Bracquemond (aka Joseph Auguste Félix Bracquemond) (1833–1914)

“The Sands of Tombelaine and Mont St. Michel” (aka “Les Grèves de Tombelaine et du Mont Saint-Michel”), 1887, impression from the final lettered state published in 1895 in Paris by Georges Petit (1856–1920) in Rene Maizeroy’s (1856–1918) “La Mer”.

Etching on heavy wove paper with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 31.5 x 44.3 cm; (plate [faint]) 21.3 x 28.1 cm; (image borderline) 16 x 23.6 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: “Bracquemond inv & sc.”

Beraldi 781; IFF 409

The British Museum offers the following description of this print from an earlier state: “Landscape of the sea with a rock beyond at left and Mont Saint-Michel in the far distance; the beach in the left foreground with sticks in the sand; a flock of birds in flight at left towards Mont Saint-Michel; dramatic clouds in the sky; intended for the unpublished album 'La Mer'. Etching” (

Condition: a strong impression with generously wide margins in a near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds or significant stains.

I am selling this very poetic portrayal of the mystical tidal island of Mont-Saint-Michel with its awe-inspiring abbey by one of the most famous printmakers of the nineteenth century, for the total cost of AU$298 (currently US$196.16/EUR180.88/GBP154.53 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 showing the deceptively inviting tidal path leading to Mont-Saint-Michel—mindful that this dangerous walkway that was upgraded to a causeway in 1879, has now been made safe by a connecting bridge in 2014—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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