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First edition

15 lithographies d'après Degas

Edgar DEGAS & Georges William THORNLEY

15 lithographies d'après Degas

Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Paris s.d (1889), in-plano (41x59cm), en feuilles sous portefeuille de l'éditeur.


15 lithographs based on Degas
Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Paris s.d (1889), in-plano (41 x 59 cm), in sheets under the publisher's portfolio
First and only edition published of this remarkable set of 15 original lithographs from the post-impressionist painter George William Thornley, only 100 copies printed.
Publisher's portfolio bound in boards very skillfully restored.
Fourteen of the fifteen lithographs are printed in colour (black, blue, green, mauve and different browns) on broadside Chinese paper laid on pale blue cartridge paper, one is directly printed on the cartridge paper.
All except the last, bear the stamp of Thornley's signature with the words “Chez Mrs Boussod & Valadon - 19 Bd Montmartre” and “Imp. Becquet frères à Paris”.
“In 1888, George William Thornley was commissioned to produce a series of lithographs based on the works of Degas. These lithographs go well beyond the reproduction quality of the renowned publisher. They also demonstrate the high level of collaboration between Degas and Thornley.
The latter of the two first selected the works to publish, made the necessary changes in the preparatory drawings and even interrupted the printing at times so that improvements could be made.
The importance of Thornley's engravings in Degas' work is particularly highlighted by the book dedicated to Degas by JS Boggs and published by the Metropolitan Museum of New York; a publication in which we find several of the engravings presented in the collection.” (Chantal and Guy Heytens)
We have only identified two copies in libraries: one in the BNF and the other in the INHA.

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