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GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI, Mozzano di Mestre 1720 – 1778 Rome. Veduta del sotteraneo fondamento del Mausoleo. This original etching is sold GIOVANNI BOLDINI, Ferrara 1842 – 1931 Paris. Whistler asleep. This original drypoint is for sale, priced £4000 GEORGES ROUAULT, Paris 1871 – 1958. Paysage Tropical. This heliogravure, etching, soft-ground, roulette and aquatint is for sale, priced £750 MYRA K HUGHES, Born in Ireland, died 1918 in Hindhead, Surrey. Dunstanburgh Castle. This original drypoint has been sold
CAMILLE PISSARRO, St Thomas, Danish Antilles 1830 – 1903 Paris. Paysage en Long. This original aquatint with etching is for sale, priced £6000

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GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI, Mozzano di Mestre 1720 – 1778 Rome. Veduta del sotteraneo fondamento del Mausoleo. This original etching is sold

GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI
Mozzano di Mestre 1720 – 1778 Rome

Rome’s classical remains were of huge interest and artistic appeal to Piranesi. After he published his influential study of the antiquities of Rome Le Antichità Romane, in 1756, it was so admired in England that Piranesi was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Veduta del sotteraneo fondamento del Mausoleo Foundations of the Mausoleum of Hadrian
Focillon 341
705 x 460 mm (plate); 750 x 512 mm (sheet)
Original etching, c1755.

One of the plates of Le Antichità Romane. Probably from the first Paris edition, published by Piranesi’s son c1805.
On laid paper with a French proprietary watermark.
A horizontal printing crease and a short repaired tear at the centre right edge.

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The Roman foundations of the present day Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome. This dramatic image with the ancient walls towering above the artist makes clear Piranesi’s proto-romantic response to Rome’s ancient architectural remains.

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GIOVANNI BOLDINI, Ferrara 1842 – 1931 Paris. Whistler asleep. This original drypoint is for sale, priced £4000

 

GIOVANNI BOLDINI
Ferrara 1842 – 1931 Paris

Boldini settled in Paris in 1871. As well as painting the fashionable haut-monde, Boldini made the portraits of several fellow artists, including Helleu and Menzel, as well as Whistler, who he also painted at the same date seated upright on a chair, awake, as well as capturing him in drypoint asleep on a sofa.
Boldini only took up etching in middle life and did not publish any of his plates; printing only a few proofs.
After his death his widow employed Eugène Delâtre to print small editions before cancelling the plates.

Whistler asleep
Prandi 24
197 x 295 mm
Original drypoint, 1897.
A rare early life-time proof.
Signed in pencil within the plate area.
A fine impression on thin laid paper with narrow margins. Minimal foxing and faintly mount-stained.

£4000

The widowed Whistler aged sixty-three. He and his wife Beatrice had settled in Paris in 1890, moving to the rue de Bac in 1892, their home for the following three years till Beatrice became ill. She died in 1896.
At their famous Sunday lunches, Whistler had entertained artists from all round the world.

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GEORGES ROUAULT, Paris 1871 – 1958. Paysage Tropical. This heliogravure, etching, soft-ground, roulette and aquatint is for sale, priced £750

 

GEORGES ROUAULT
Paris 1871 – 1958 Paris

In 1917 Ambroise Vollard set Rouault up in a studio and became his sole agent. Vollard (1866-1939) was born and grew up in the French colony of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. He settled in France in 1895 to study law but abandoned this to become a leading art dealer and publisher in Paris. He commissioned several major series of prints from Rouault, including the Réincarnations du Père Ubu , initially conceived as a series of 100 plates but curtailed at 22. The accompanying text was also illustrated with wood engravings by Georges Aubert after Rouault.

Vollard was obsessed by the character Ubu, created in 1896 by Alfred Jarry. He published the Almanach illustré du Père Ubu in 1901, himself contributing Ubu Colonialist to it. When Jarry died in 1907 Vollard bought the rights to the Ubu name and wrote a series of titles extending the saga to indict the war and French colonialism. These were amalgamated in Réincarnations du Père Ubu .

Paysage Tropical
Chapon-Rouault 20;
Plate 13 of Réincarnations du Père Ubu
294 x 188 mm
Heliogravure, etching, soft-ground, roulette and aquatint, 1928. The plate initialled and dated.
Published by Vollard 1932 in Réincarnations du Père Ubu. Total edition of c305.
On cream textured laid paper. Time-stained on the reverse.

£750

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CAMILLE PISSARRO, St Thomas, Danish Antilles 1830 – 1903 Paris. Paysage en Long. This original aquatint with etching is for sale, priced £6000

 

 

CAMILLE PISSARRO
St Thomas, Danish Antilles 1830 – 1903 Paris

Pissarro and his family returned to live in Pontoise, about twenty miles north-west of Paris, in 1872, staying till 1884. The hilly landscape there, and at nearby L’Hermitage, supplied the subject of a large number of paintings and also of some of his finest etchings.
The period largely coincided with the eight ‘Impressionist Exhibitions’ held in Paris, 1874-1886, in each of which Pissarro participated.

Paysage en Long
Delteil 17 ii/ii
114 x 394 mm
Original aquatint with etching, 1879. Stamped with the artist’s initials (Lugt 613e) and numbered in pencil 7/18.
From the only edition, printed by Porcaboeuf for the artist’s son Rodo Pissarro in 1923 (preceded by only 4 or 5 lifetime proofs). On cream laid paper.

£6000

This stunning aquatint is exceptional amongst Pissarro’s etchings both in its wide panoramic format and literally in the large dimension of its width. It is equally original in its composition and spatial organisation, with the clump of trees centre right brought to the fore, enhanced by the looping curve of the path, probably the rue de l’Hermitage, on the right, effectively distancing the cottages nestling at the foot of the Côte des Boeufs .

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MYRA K HUGHES, Born in Ireland, died 1918 in Hindhead, Surrey. Dunstanburgh Castle. This original drypoint has been sold

 

 

MYRA K HUGHES A.R.E.
Born in Ireland. Died 1918 in Hindhead, Surrey

Myra Hughes was the daughter of Sir Frederick Hughes of Rosslare Fort, County Wexford. She studied at the Royal College of Art under Frank Short & Constance Pott.

Dunstanburgh Castle
163 x 252 mm
Original drypoint, 1914. Signed, dated and entitled.
A dedicated proof to Frederick Dawtry Drewitt
From an old fellow student with kind remembrances. M.K.Hughes to Dr Drewitt.
On cream laid paper.

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Ex collection Dr F D Drewitt. Drewitt attended Sir Frank Short’s etching classes at the Royal College of Art from about 1911.

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