FREDERIC REGAMEY – À la voile (Sailing), 1873
Sheet size: 285 x 200 mm
Image size: 80 x 95 mm
Edition: Size of edition unknown; scarce – Signed in plate
Original etching by Frédéric Regamey, signed in the plate, printed by Delatre on thin China paper which was then pasted into the journal Paris à l'eau forte (of which Regamey was director of etchings, and initially the chief contributor) by Benoist. This must be one of the very first identifiably Impressionist images ever published, appearing in the issue of Sunday 29 June, 1873, nine months before the First Impressionist Exhibition. Already Regamey has identified one of the prime Impressionist subjects, boating on the Seine, famously handled in paintings by Renoir, Monet, Caillebotte and others. The etching is in excellent condition. The backing sheet, which includes the date above, and text below and on the reverse, has yellowed slightly, but would be hidden when framed; the China paper of the etching is unaffected. Condition: Excellent, see description.