Le Vieux Coq (The Old Cock) - FELIX BRACQUEMOND
French , (1833-1914)
Etching, 1882, Beraldi 222 (i/V), one of only about eight proofs of the first state, total edition unknown. 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in. Signed in ink in the lower right. This is a superb impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably untrimmed. There's a faint suggestion of toning within an early mat opening and a thin, vertical line of old glue (?) along the left margin, well away from the image. This rare 1st state proof is from the collection of Seymour Haden (Lugt 3938) and his initials in pencil are seen in the lower right, just inside the platemark. This exceptional print is rarely encountered in early states and the provenance is impeccable. Only about twenty proofs exist of the first three states and an edition of 200 was printed in the 4th state by Dowdeswell, London. A legend was added in the upper left in the fifth state and the edition in unknown.
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