Joseph Augustin Fontan; 'Ville-d'Avray, France' 1800's
Pencil signed etching
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A fine etching
Joseph Augustin Fontan
Ville-d'Avray is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France, home of landscape painter; Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.
Joseph Augustin Fontan (French 19th century artist) born in Cremens in the middle of the 19th century and made his exhibiting debut at the Paris Salon of 1880. As well as still lifes he also painted genre scenes, portraits and urban scenes. Beyond that nothing further is recorded of his life and works and his works are scarce with none having appeared at auction in recent years.
This original etching is bright and unfaded in black ink, very much in the style of Corot, with excellent plate mark, plate tone qualities and detail. It has superb raised intaglio ink lines, the image size measuring approximately 22 cms. x 13 cms. (8¾ x 5 ins.) within a fine but evident platemark and impression on laid paper sheet size of approx. 27 cms. x 21 cms.( 10½ x 8¼ ins.) with makers watermark.
Signed and titled by the artist in pencil in the lower margin.
Unframed and unmounted the condition of the image and the sheet is excellent.