1833 Paris - Sèvres 1914

Le Vieux Coq - The Old Rooster 1882

etching on Japan paper; 346 x 270 mm
signed at lower right in pen and ink and annotated in pencil in the lower right corner of the plate No 5

Béraldi 222 first state of five

Francis Seymour Haden, London and Bramdean near Alresford (his paraphe in pencil, Lugt 3938)

A fine impression of the rare first state. According to Beraldi only only eight impressions were pulled from the plate in this state. The later states show significantly more work: the foreground and the rye field in the background get filled in; signature and date get added. Beraldi describes the Vieux Coq as one of the major prints of the artist's oeuvre.