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Saturday 13 April 2024

Maxime Lalanne, “Rouen”, 1884

Maxime Lalanne (aka François Antoine Maxime Lalanne) (1827–1886)

“Rouen” (title as inscribed in plate) (aka “Rouen from the Country” [Hamerton’s title]; “Vue de la Ville de Rouen”; Vue Prise de Rouen”; “Vue de Rouen” [Salon 1885 title]), 1884, published in London by Seeley & Co. (fl.1839–early 1900s) as an illustration facing page 296 to Philip Gilbert Hamerton’s (1834–1894) “Landscape” with the following description (extract): [The portrayed view of Rouen is not an] illustration of localities, this etching is interesting as an example of a very beautiful combination, that of trees with distant towers [Rouen Cathedral on the left; St. Maclou in the middle; St. Ouen on the right]; and it may be doubted whether there is any other place in the world, except, possibly, Oxford, where this combination can be seen so perfectly as at Rouen” (facing page 296).

Etching on wove paper (watermarked “W King” [Alton Mill]) with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 21 x 31.5 cm; (plate) 15.7 x 23.5 cm; (image borderline) 12.8 x 20.9 cm.

Inscribed in plate: (lower right corner) “Rouen. 1884/ Maxime Lalanne”

State ii (of ii) final published state with cleaned margins.

Villet 151 (Jeffrey M. Villet 2010, “The Complete Prints of Maxime Lalanne”, Washington, D.C., art@mone fine prints, n.p., cat. no. 151).

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with full margins as published in a near pristine (museum quality) condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, foxing or stains.

I am selling this superb etching executed by “the first artist who ever received knighthood for his qualities as an etcher” (Hamerton, “Etching and Etchers”, p. 177)—note that the knighthood (Order of Christ) was conferred on him by the King of Portugal who was also an etcher—for AU$187 in total (currently US$120.93/EUR113.59/GBP97.13 at the time of this listing) including Express (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 very beautiful etching completed only two years before this nineteenth century master of printmaking died, 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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