Histoire Du Bonhomme Misere. [The Story of the Wretched Man.]Avec Six Eaux = Fortes Par A. Legros.
Book, folio (430 x 305mm, 17 x 12"), two titlepages, three leaves of introductory text and six mounted etchings, each plate preceded by a leaf with title and quotation, plus 15 pp. Number 25 of 60 signed artist's presentation copies on Whatman paper. Original vellum covered boards, letterpress title in black and red to cover; in original presentation portfolio with cloth spine and paper covered boards, printed with woodcut vignette title. Portfolio rubbed, scuffed and soiled; wear to top and bottom of spine. Staining and soiling to vellum cover; interior and plates generally good.
The atmospheric, sombre and, in one case, macabre plates are based upon an old French fable. Scenes include old men begging outside a church; a frugal candle-lit supper; and 'La Mort dans la Poirer': Death (a skeleton) calling the peasant from the pear tree. Ink annotation to front endpaper to a subscriber (Warwick?), signed by Legros and publisher Gueraut, dated 1879. Alphonse Legros (1837 - 1911) was an etcher, lithographer and painter of landscape, genre and historical subjects and medallist. Born in Dijon, France, in 1851 he moved to Paris, where he worked as scene-painter, studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, and exhibited at the Salon. Legros moved to London in 1863 with the advice of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and a few years later was appointed teacher of etching at the South Kensington School of Art. In 1876 he became Slade Professor at University College London, succeeding Sir Edward John Poynter; he was a founder member of the Royal Society of Painter Etcher and Engravers.
National Art Library General Collection: 67.E.27.
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