Un Forgeron

Eugène Delacroix (France) 1798-1863
"Un Forgeron" (Blacksmith). Aquatint, 1833. Delteil 19, iv/VI. Ref: Beraldi, p.157, iii/III.; "Prints & People", Hyatt Mayor, no.623 with illust; "Engraving and Etching", arthur Hind, p. 313; Morceasu, p. 21; Robaut, 459; Escholier, p. 345 with illust; Bailly-Herzberg, p. 92. The artist's monogram in the plate, upper right. Titled typographically, l.c. Printed by Delatre with black ink on sturdy cream laid paper with margins, as issued. 159 x 95 mm. (6 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.)

This impression doesn't appear to have been part of the edition published by Cadart for the "Societé des aquafortistes" as evidenced by the lack of a Cadart address but with the Delatre address. The plate was acquired by Cadartafter the artist's passing about1869. Whether Cadart acquired the plate from Delatre's not clear. However, the skillfulsensitive printing of the plate - where there is only aquatint - could indicate an earlier intermediate state between Delteil's fourth and fifth states.
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