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Paysan Breton: P.191-1942

Object information


Paysan Breton
Translated as: Breton Peasant


Legros, Alphonse (Printmaker)


Head and shoulders profile of an old, bearded man with long hair wearing a broad-brimmed hat, in profile facing right.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1942-11) by Barron, E. Evelyn


1874 - 1877


Drypoint with a small amount of surface tone. Signed on the plate at upper left: 'A. Legros'. The third state after the artist's initials were replaced by a signature and following the reduction of the plate from 317x238mm to 218x170mm. An uneven u-shaped line on the collar of the figure may indicate that this impression represents a later state of the plate. The Bliss catalogue (Dodgson (Legros)) lists five states beyond the three described by Poulet-Malassis/Thibadeau. Another impression of the third state is P.91-1937. The third state of the plate was published in _The Portfolio_, no.58, November 1874 and reissued in _Eighteen Etchings by English, French and German Artists_, with notes by Philip Gilbert Hamerton (Seeley, Jackson and Halliday, London, 1877, pp.14-15. It was reproduced in photogravure in _L'Art_, no.87, 27 August 1876.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper Plate Height 225 mm Width 177 mm
Sheet Height 379 mm Width 283 mm

Techniques used in production

Drypoint Surface tone

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A. Legros
  • Location: Image upper left
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.191-1942
Primary reference Number: 3242
Dodgson (Legros): 29
Poulet-Malassis/Thibaudeau: 29.III
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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