Félix BUHOT: La Traversée - ca. 1879
Etching with drypoint, aquatint and roulette, 325 x 244 mm. Bourcard/Goodfriend 143, 3rd state (of 4).
Impression of the 3rd state (of 4) before cancellation of the plate.
Superb impression printed in two colors, black for the main subject, dark bister for the symphonic margins, on thin wove paper. Signed and notated in pencil bottom: Epreuve d’artiste du 2e état / Félix Buhot [Artist proof of the 2nd state / Félix Buhot]. Bearing the red owl stamp signature in the lower part of the image. Paper slightly browned, some tiny tears on the edges of the sheet, otherwise in good condition. Full margins (sheet: 480 x 335 mm).
One impression in the catalogue Félix Buhot published by gallery C. & J. Goodfriend (Catalogue Number Four, 1986, no. 52), bears the mention Essai abandonné, tiré à très-petit nombre [Trial, abandoned, very small print run]. Two drawings grouped together with this print showed details in the symphonic margins and bore the annotations en vue de Calais [nearing Calais harbour] and à bord du Dover-Calais-Boat [aboard the Dover-Calais-Boat], showing that this crossing is the one Félix Buhot made when returning to France after his stay in England.