Le Marchand de dessins lithographiques
By Nicolas-Toussaint Charlet
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Reference: La Combe 85, IFF 66
Edition size: unknown - scarce
Image size: 30,8 x 23,5 cm
Sheet size: 28,5 x 42 cm
Price: 2400 (incl. taxes)
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Lithograph, 308 x 235 mm. La Combe 85, IFF 66.
Very fine impression printed on white wove paper. Generally in very good condition. Sheet: 285 x 420 mm.
Nicolas-Toussaint Charlet sketched his favourite subjects, a sapper and a conscript, with a lot of humour, as they pore over lithographs that represent them in their daily life: marching into combat, taking care of horses, etc. As for the print dealer, he seems to be sleeping in his open-air market.
This famous lithograph was printed at François-Séraphin Delpech's printing workshop (1778-1825). It can be dated to 1818-1819, which makes it a lithographic incunabulum. François-Séraphin Delpech had his own shop and printing workshop at 3, Quai Voltaire in Paris, which Carle Vernet depicted in an 1818 lithograph: Imprimerie lithographique de F. Delpech.
Rare (marked 'R' in La Combe's catalogue raisonné).