Prints and a Few Drawings from Great Collections of the Past

  1. Master MR, Christ on the Cross
  2. Dürer, St. Bartholomew
  3. Dürer, Christ Before Caiaphas
  4. Raimondi, Philosophy
  5. Raimondi, Façade with Caryatids
  6. Beham, Job Conversing
  7. Beham, Satyr Sounding a Horn
  8. Beham, Peasant Couple Walking
  9. Caraglio, Martyrdom of St. Paul
  10. Aldegrever, Standard Bearer
  11. Pencz, Feeding the Hungry
  12. Pencz, Artemisia Preparing
  13. Falconetto, Tomb Surmounted
  14. Claesz, St. Peter Seated
  15. Treu, Noble Dancers
  16. Master FP, Hercules Killing
  17. Brun, February
  18. Solis, Arithmetria
  19. de Bruyn, The Circumcision
  20. Sadeler, Virgin and Child
  21. Goltzius, A Young Man
  22. Matham, The Planets
  23. Brizio, Extensive Landscape
  24. van de Velde, Fête Villageoise
  25. van de Velde, Backgammon
  26. van Uyttenbroek, Tobias
  27. van Uyttenbroek, Bacchus
  28. Rembrandt, The Small Lion Hunt
  29. Hollar, Woman with Headdress
  30. Saftleven, Dutch Peasant
  31. Ostade, Bust of a Peasant
  32. Stoop, A Grazing Horse
  33. Fyt, Set of Animals
  34. Bega, The Three Drinkers
  35. Anonymous, Landscape
  36. Nanteuil, Charles Benoise
  37. Nanteuil, Cardinal Mazarin
  38. Nanteuil, Pierre Seguier
  39. van Vliet, St. Jerome Sitting
  40. Cossin, Ornament Design
  41. Sirani, St. Eustace
  42. Somer, Hagar and Ishmael
  43. Daullé, La Muse Clio
  44. Tiepolo, The Holy Family
  45. MacArdell, Hannah, Mrs. Horneck
  46. Laurie, Elizabeth, Dutchess
  47. Denon, Village Scene
  48. Charlet, Les Français
  49. Pieraccini, Holy Family
  50. Daumier, Y n’y a rien comm’
  51. Daubigny, Les Ruines du Chateau
  52. Daubigny, Lever de Lune
  53. Meryon, Le Petit Pont
  54. Rops, La Poupée du Satyre
  55. Whistler, Old Hungerford Bridge
  56. Legros, Un Coin de Rivière
  57. Buhot, Frontispice
  58. Forain, La Rencontre
  59. Pennell, Hampton Court Palace
  60. Delâtre, Silhouette de Femme

58. Jean-Louis Forain

La Rencontre sous la Voûte (Première Planche)

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Forain, La Rencontre

La Rencontre sous la Voûte (Première Planche)

Other Images:

Etching, ca. 1910, 310 x 418 mm., Guérin 100 only state. Fine impression printed in a brownish ink with light plate tone on heavy laid paper with good margins, signed in pencil and inscribed "1er etat" (there was no second state). The image represents the biblical encounter on the road to Emmaus. The figure of the risen Christ is robed, but the two men accosting him are in French peasant dress and there is a pretty little French village in the background. The historical contradiction derives from Forain's effort to integrate biblical episodes into contemporary life, to show that his devout Catholicism retained meaning in the modern world. It was not unprecedented. Rembrandt and even Dürer did similar things.

T. Simpson (Lugt 2459). Thomas Simpson, a Londoner born in 1877, successfully combined three careers: he was a lawyer, he was part of the firm of Fowler and Simpson, designers of golf courses (and he wrote several published articles on the subject), and he was the author of “Modern Etchings and Their Collectors,” published in 1919, which gave practical advice and useful information to beginning print collectors. For himself, he collected works of the Etching Revival – Meryon, Haden, Whistler, Zorn, Forain, etc. – searching always for the best possible impressions.

E.A. Seasongood (Lugt 907a). The stamp does not appear on this print, but an inscription on the old mat identified it as from the Seasongood collection. Edwin Alfred Seasongood (1876-1953) was a Cincinnati-born, Harvard-educated, New York stock broker, founder of the firm of Seasongood and Haas. He began collecting while quite young, around 1901, first Whistler and then other nineteenth and twentieth-century artists, always searching for the finest impressions. Shortly after, he began to collect old masters, again, top quality. Ultimately, the collection contained works by Pollaiuolo, Mantegna, Schongauer, Dürer, Tiepolo and Rembrandt on the one side, and Whistler, Cassatt, Buhot, Forain, Meryon and Daubigny on the other, among many others. Portions of his collection were loaned and exhibited at numerous museums and colleges throughout the United States and the collection was finally sold in two auctions at Parke-Bernet in 1951 and 1952. There were close to five hundred lots of the finest quality, many of which brought less than he had originally paid, a sad commentary on collecting in the Fifties.