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  Félix Buhot   (French, 1847-1898)

 
  LES PETITES CHAUMIÈRES, 1878. Bourcard-Goodfriend 149 iv/iv. Signed in brown ink: "Hommage à M. Frederick Keppel, Félix Buhot, Paris, 1888." (Keppel was his dealer.) Bears the small red owl stamp. Signed in the plate, "Félix Buhot." On laid paper with watermark of a partial shield enclosing "AM" and topped by a fleur de lis.
Extensive marginal ink drawings and writing. Upper left of the sheet, "Ces pt. chaumières sont le Dos des 'grandes chaumières' ou nous avon passé 3 mois, Nettie et moi, après nos marriage en 1881." "Cette est 3 ans de 1878." (The "Grandes Chaumières" was his etching of 1881. Nettie was Henrietta, his wife.) At the upper right of the sheet is a drawing of a cliff, the sea, and a sailboat, annotated "La mer était vu à droite." A figure beneath the coastal scene appears to be a monk in a long robe. (James Goodfriend commented that this figure doesn't appear in any Buhot print.) The cottages were at Quineville, Normandy, near the east coast of the Cotentin peninsula.
There is an uneven residual water stain at the left of the sheet, 2" at its largest point. Otherwise in very good condition, and richly printed.
 
 
  Etching, drypoint, aquatint & roulette: sheet, 10 7/8 x 14 7/8 inches; plate, 3 7/8 x 5 3/8 inches. SOLD.
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