Sur la Seine, vue prise de la frégate du Pont Royal


Auguste Lepère (1849-1918), Sur la Seine, vue prise de la frégate du Pont Royal, wood engraving, 1879, signed in pencil [also initialed in the plate lower left]. Reference: Lotz-Brissonneau 270.  In very good condition apart from some printing scratches, full margins, 8 3/4 x 5 7/8, the sheet 18 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches.

A fine clear impression, printed on a cream simile-japon paper.

Provenance: Phillips Gallery, sold October 27, 1981, to the current owner.

Auguste Lepère was the undisputed leader in the creative revival of wood engraving in Europe in the second half of the nineteenth century.  Beginning his art studies as a teenager, he had by the mid 1870s clearly emerged as one of the most renowned printmakers of his time. In both etching and wood engraving, he became known as the prime delineator of daily life.  Sur la Seine represents a tour-de-force example of the wood-engraver’s art.