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EUGÈNE DELACROIX Juive d'Alger.
Etching printed in black on cream laid paper, 1833. 213x173 mm; 8 1/2x6 7/8 inches, full margins. First state (a) (of 4), before letters. Edition of 50. Numbered "32" with an ink stamp, upper right. Aquafortistes watermark. Printed by Delâtre, Paris. Published by Cadart and Luquet, Paris, for the Société des Aquafortistes. A brilliant, richly-inked and early impression, extremely scarce in this state.
Delacroix (1798-1863) died at his studio on the rue de Furstenberg, Paris, on August 13th. Among its contents were a handful of proofs printed by Frédéric Villot from six etched copper plates by Delacroix. These plates, including the one for Juive d'Alger, were auctioned in Paris in 1865 along with other property belonging to the printer Villot and purchased by the publishers Cadart and Luquet. The latter issued impressions from these plates in an album on May 1865 under the title Oeuvre unique à l'eau-forte d'Eugène Delacroix in an edition of 50 for the French etching group known as the Société des Aquafortistes, of which Delacroix had been a member. Delteil 18.