Beautiful photogravure etching from the Louvre Collection, produced in 1900, J. M. Nattier's Portrait of Mademoiselle de Lambesc and her young brother, the Count of Brionne. The image depicts Mademoiselle dressed in warrior maiden style with cat skin shawl and sandals with the cat's head adorning her calf. She is clothed in Grecian style in draped and flowing costume while the young brother by her side shows off a small suit of armour. The shield and the remainder of the armour lies next to Lambesc's feet. This lovely and detailed print is from a large volume of Louvre masterpieces. The image size is 16.5 x 12.5" and the image size is 14" long and 10" wide. Condition is good, a corner loss on the lower right margin, no tears, no discoloration. Several of these prints are listed today, each with the plate marks around the margin where the etching plate has been run through the press. This was a tedious and time consuming process, one requiring much skill and the resulting high quality is evident.
The photogravure etchings, in the limited edition from which this print is taken, are by Goupil & Cie., Paris, France. Goupil developed and utilized emerging printmaking and photographic technologies to meet a growing popular demand for affordable art reproductions and in the process, they were able to satisfy the demand they were creating. With offices based in Paris, they expanded to other cities throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas and were instrumental in creating an international art market as it is known today