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JEAN-FRANÇOIS MILLET Le Départ pour le Travail.
Etching on Japan paper, 1863. 385x310 mm; 15 1/4x12 1/4 inches, full margins. Second state (of 7), with the artist's name lower left, but before Delâtre's address. Signed by the printer, Auguste Delâtre and inscribed to the publisher Moureaux, Paris, in blue pencil, lower right. Ex-collection Jules Gerbeau (Lugt 1165, lower left recto; and Lugt 1166, lower right recto).
Melot cites only 2 impressions of this very early state in public collections (Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Art Institute of Chicago, neither of which is signed by Delâtre like the current impression). A superb, richly-inked impression. Delteil 19; Melot 19.