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The Gate, Chelsea

Monday, November 16th, 2015



Theodore Roussel (1847-1926), The Gate, Chelsea; etching and drypoint, 1889-1890, signed on the tab and inscribed imp [also signed in the plate lowere right]. Reference: Hausberg 33, fourth state (of 4), from the total printing of about 43 impressions. In excellent condition, trimmed by the artist all around on the plate mark except for the tab, 8 1/8 x 6 1/2 inches.

A fine impression, printed on a light cream wove paper with plate tone (wiped to brighten the gate and doorway area) and substantial burr in the drypoint work.

According to Hausberg, “The gate and house behind it still stand today at No. 4 Cheyne Walk. It is located in a row of the oldest and most elegant buildings on Cheyne Walk – the segment that has changed the least since Roussel’s time.


The Avon on the Road to Bexhill

Friday, November 13th, 2015


Theodore Roussel (1847-1926), The Avon on the Road to Bexhill, drypoint, 1919, signed in pencil  and dated (15.7.19) lower left [also signed in the plate]. Reference: Hausberg 115, fourth state (of 4), from the total printing of about 22 impressions, about 12 in this state. In excellent condition, printed on a very thin laid Japon with margins, 4 1/2 x 5 7/8, the sheet 6 x 7 3/4 inches.

A very fine impression with substantial burr from the drypoint work.

According to Hausberg “Bexhill lies just west of St. Leonards-on-Sea, where Roussel lived from 1914. The River Avon does not flow near the area, so the Avon of the title may be a satirical reference to the tiny rivulet pictured in the print or a misidentification by the artist.”



The Sign of the White Horse, Parson's Green

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Theodore Roussel (1847-1926), The Sign of the White Horse, Parson’s Green, etching, 1906, signed in pencil on the tab and inscribed “imp.” [also signed in the plate lower right] Reference: Hausberg 68, 14th state (of 14), from the total printing of about 60 impressions, about 30 in this state. In very good condition, on a laid paper, trimmed by the artist on the platemark with the tab, 4 7/8 x 3 1/4 inches, archival mounting.

A fine impression with exquisite detailing, printed in black ink with strong plate tone.

Roussel apparently perfected this plate through a series of 14 states, making small changes each time and generally printing two or three proofs before arriving at this definitive last state, in which he added diagonal shading to the right awning, and his signature to the plate.  In accord with the custom of his mentor James Whistler he trimmed the print on the platemark except for the small tab at the bottom where he signed his name and wrote the letters imp, standing for the Latin impressit (indicating that he printed the impression personally).

Meg Hausberg, who wrote the catalogue raisonne for Roussel (and painstakingly documented each of the 14 states of The Sign!) wrote this note on The Sign: “The pub The White Horse was less than one hundred yards from Roussel’s home, Belfield House, on Parson’s Green in Fulham. Like Belfield House, which is now part of Lady Margaret School, the pub is still standing today. This is one of three etchings Roussel made depicting the local scene at Parson’s Green. In them, he exhibited an interest in the everyday life of the neighborhood similar to that portrayed in his earlier etchings of Chelsea Embankment and its environs.”