19th Century European

The Arts of War

Etching, image size 11 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches, after a fresco by Sir Frederick Leighton, 1881, "Published London April 1, 1881 by The British and Foreign Artist Association" u.r., and "Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1881 by Knoedler and Co. in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington" u.l., printed l.l. "Painted by Sir Frederick Leighton, P.R.A." and "Etched by A. Gilbert" l.r., publishers blindstamp l.r. and "The Arts of War" l.r.

Portrait de Petit Garcon, Marcel Bing

This is a very richly inked original etching by French artist Albert Besnard. The image size is 11 3/8 x 7 5/8 inches, published in 1887 in an edition of fewer than 100 impressions, cat: Coppier- 63, pencil signed. Besnard studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and for the beginning of his artistic career concentrated on a very academic style of painting and composition, before adopting a more impressionistic approach of portraying light and color; later he went to England to study portraiture with Thomas Gainesborough and Joshua Reynolds.

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