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Posted - Dec 09 2020 :  14:53:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello. This is an aquatint that I don't know much about. It is a European scene, signed in the lower right. Any help identifying the artist or scene would be greatly appreciated. The image measures 21cm (8.24in) by 27cm (10.6in). Thanks in advance.


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Posted - Dec 10 2020 :  00:26:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't find the artist right away, but the motif is with a bookseller (bouquiniste) at the Seine in Paris.

Here is a search for inspiration:


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Posted - Dec 11 2020 :  07:37:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Vietato,

Thank you very much for identifying the scene! I appreciate your link. With such a common motif, unfortunately I think it might be difficult for me to find the artist, especially with the annoyingly illegible signature with barely any identifiable letters to go by. I will continue the search. Thanks again.

Just to satisfy another curiosity; on my print there seems to be some sort of stepped structure with people on it, and it looks to be in the water or on the bank. I don't see other prints or photos with those structures. Does anyone have an idea what that is?

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Posted - Jan 18 2021 :  09:33:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
saintluc-gold member -1857 posts- Feb.2007- France. Lost password.

Hello Coopers!
Your etching is by Hans Figura 1898-1978. No problem to find a lot of informations on the net.
The exact place this view is taken from is on the "Quai de Conti", just beside the "Pont des Arts". Now, the stairs going down the banks are starting from the bridge itself but in 1924/1930 it started directly from the sidewalk, a few meters before each side of the bridge. But the bridge we see is the "Pont neuf".
The tower is the "Tour Saint Jacques" and the similar buildings are two theaters, the "Théatre du Chatelet" on the right and the "Théatre de la ville de Paris"on the left.
Now, for the structure in the water, this is the rest of a lock (écluse in french) that existed here and was destroyed in 1923 and 1924. The name was "Ecluse de la Monnaie" (Beside of the The Hôtel de la Monnaie", an old palace where government minted money). The people are only bathers or fishers using this structure.

Edited by - saintlucthereal on Jan 18 2021 20:55:23
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Posted - Jan 22 2021 :  15:35:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Thank you very much!! Firstly thank you for solving the mystery and for that wonderful information! Fascinating. Sorry it took me so long to acknowledge/respond. I just haven't been on the forum for a while.
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