La Saignée (a Surgeon Preparing To Bleed A Patient)
by Abraham Bosse

Available at Jan Johnson, Old Master & Modern Prints (IFPDA)

  • Date: 1632-35
  • Type: Prints
  • Medium: Etching
  • Edition size: unknown
  • Image Size: 26.5 x 34.4 cm
  • Sheet Size: 26.5 x 35.5 cm
  • Reference: Blum 1041, first state of two
  • Signed: Unsigned
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Price: Price on Application

Description — Click to read

Etching and engraving, 1632-5, from Les Métiers (Professions), a series of seven plates. Blum 1041; Duplessis 1391; Lothe 243. First state of two with the address of Le  Blond, in the next state changed to Tavernier. The dates and ages lightly inscribed in the portraits on the wall clearly visible, as found in early impressions. The Bibliothèque nationale de France has deduced that the portraits on the wall, with their unusually specific information as to ages of the sitters and the year, represent Bosse himself and his young wife. A very fine impression with thread margins on three sides, trimmed on or just within platemark at bottom. Several pale fox-marks at left edge, a pencil mark in the inscription space, otherwise in excellent condition. A fascinating glimpse into medical practices in 17th Century Europe.

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