Les Partageuses (Plate 9) - PAUL GAVARNI
Lithograph, 1851, Armelhault & Bocher 1444, (i/II); 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's a paper loss in the top margin and marginal stains and discoloration from handling and improper storage early on. This very rare proof impression is stamped "Depose" and "Lith Lemercier, MODELE." Text for this print is hand-written below the image with the number "9" in two places indicating the number of this image in the series (which was published in Paris in 1852.) Furthermore, the work is signed in ink at top by Gavarni, "bon a tirer, Gavarni." Ex-collection: Albert Maroni (Lugt 150b). Working proofs such as this one are elusive and rarely appear on the market.
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