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1720 Valenciennes – 1778 Brussels


Fountain Design 1753


Etching. Size of sheet: 20.9 x 15.6 cm. Numbered ‘3’ top right corner.


IFF 8:42-43; Lewine p.167; Williams 1992, p.20, no.35.


Very fine impression on laid paper, trimmed unevenly around the platemark with narrow margins on top, left and lower edges. A light yellow spot on the tree on the left and a few scattered spots verso, otherwise in fine condition.


Comparative impressions: Yale University Art Gallery – 1987.1.14; Bibliotheque de l’Institut National d’Histoire de’Art – NUM FOL EST 538.




Charles Eisen: Fountain Design

  • Plate 3 from the first book of the series Oeuvre suivie, contenant différents sujets de décorations et d'ornements, comme vases, tombeaux, niches, fontaines, groups de figures, statues, a l’usage des architectes, sculpteurs, ciseleurs, etc., par Charles Eisen, peintre et dessinateur associé de l’école des beaux arts de Rouen… [Work, containing different subjects of decorations and ornaments, such as vases, tombs, niches, fountains, groups of figures, statues, for the use of architects, sculptors, engravers, etc., by Charles Eisen, associated painter and draftsman from the School of Fine Arts in Rouen].

    Eisen initially studied painting with his father François Eisen, also a painter. However, in 1741 he entered Le Bas’s studio to learn engraving. He achieved his success as an engraver and especially as a book illustrator.

  • John Ittmann, Regency to Empire/French Printmaking 1715-1814, 1985.

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