Le Manteau d'Arlequin (Plate 6) - PAUL GAVARNI
Lithograph, 1851, Armelhault & Boucher 1157 (i/III); total edition unknown. 7 1/2 x 6 3/8 in. Unsigned. This is a fine "sur blanc" impression with wide margins. The condition is good. (There is staining here and there and a repaired tear at the top, outside of the image.) This is an exceedingly rare proof impression of plate six from the series of twelve prints published in 1852. Our impression is stamped "Depose" and "Lith Lemercier MODELE." The text for the plate is handwritten in ink. Proofs as such are extremely rare today and help provide insights into the pre-publication steps involved with popular, mid 19th century French lithography. This print is from the collection of Albert Maroni (Lugt 150b). His passion for early French lithographs is well-documented.
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