La Tour de l'Horloge (The Clock Tower), Paris - CHARLES MERYON
Etching, 1852, Schneiderman 23 (iii/X); Delteil-Wright (iii/X); edition unknown. 10 3/8 x 7 1/4 in. Initialed in the plate, upper right. This is a superb, dark impression printed in black ink on blue-green laid paper. The margins are wide and the condition is very good. (The print was mounted along the edges, verso, at some point and there's still a trace of an old glue evident. There's a rust spot in the margin at right and a very faint trace of an old mat line. Also, one tiny fox mark is just above the platemark near the tower.) The catalogue lists twenty-five impressions of this rare early state. Provenance: C.W. Dowdeswell (Lugt 690), Caroline and George Rowland, Boston, MA, and there's a pencil notation at bottom listing the "Simpson Collection." This is an exceptional impression of a major work by the artist.
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