19th Century European
This Hermine David etching measures 10 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches and has a pencil annotation, "artist proof" on the lower margin. Plate signed. David was a well known painter and printmaker and was very active in the thriving artist community in Paris in the early 20th century. She was married to fellow artist Jules Pascin for several years, but in 1920 the couple divorced and David set up her own studio in Montparnasse. She went on to have a long successful career as an artist and illustrator and was awarded the Legion of Honor in 1932.
This is a delicately colored image of a young mother and her son in front of a stained glass window in a very classically styled composition. Etching and aquatint, image size 8 x 5 5/8 inches, c. 1898, state VIII/VIII, cat: Arwas- 153, plate signed in the upper left corner of the image.
An intimate scene of a sleeping child, this etching measures 5 7/8 x 10 1/8, state VII/VII, published c. 1895 in an edition of 50, cat: Arwas- 95, plate signed.
This original etching, after Jules Breton, by Lucien Dautrey measures 9 5/8 x 5 1/8 inches. Created in 1885, this image was Dautrey's first important plate exhibiting it at the Salon of 1885 for which he received an Honorable Mention. Dautrey was a distinguished pupil of Courtry and Felix Bracquemond and a member of the Society of French Artists. Remarque at bottom right of woman putting on coat.
An original etching by Piranesi from his 'Vedute di Roma' series, this image measures 17 7/8 x 27 1/4 inches, state V/V, 1766, cat: Hind-78. From the 'Regia Calcographia' edition c. 1870s, with the blindstamp in the lower right corner. Piranesi was an Italian artist and designer, best known for his series of etchings of Ancient Roman ruins, the "Vedute di Roma". These striking, monumental images of the ancient grandeur of the Roman Empire provided inspiration for many of the artists of the Neoclassical movement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
A beautiful etching by William Unger created c. 1880. It measures 7 7/8 x 6 1/2 inches and is framed and matted.
Etching, 1876, image size 5 3/4 x 9 15/16 inches, plate signed
Etchings, 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches, pencil signed.
This is a very rare nocturnal scene by French artist Auguste- Louis Lepere. Etching, image size is 4 1/4 x 3 7/8 inches, 1893, cat: LB-71, pencil signed and numbered "16". Auguste-Louis Lepere was one of the leading French printmakers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He began studying printmaking at the age of 13 with Joseph Burn Smeeton in Paris and quickly made a name for himself with his innovative style and technically brilliant etchings and wood engravings.
This is a very richly inked original etching by French artist Albert Besnard. The image size is 11 3/8 x 7 5/8 inches, published in 1887 in an edition of fewer than 100 impressions, cat: Coppier- 63, pencil signed. Besnard studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and for the beginning of his artistic career concentrated on a very academic style of painting and composition, before adopting a more impressionistic approach of portraying light and color; later he went to England to study portraiture with Thomas Gainesborough and Joshua Reynolds.