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Sarah Sauvin

Paris, FR

SARAH SAUVIN Gallery specializes in selected fine prints by old and modern masters from the 15th to the 20th century. We present each year two catalogues on our website We have sold prints to collectors and to museums and institutions all over the world, including Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in Washington, British Museum in London, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva, Bibliothèque nationale de France and Fondation Custodia in Paris. To be kept informed about our new online listing of prints or new catalogue, please send us an email. We welcome customers by appointment in Paris.


'Sculptura in æs', after Johannes Stradanus


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Among some recent acquisitions that we present here, three are particularly noteworthy. Firstly, we are very pleased to present a superb impression of the famous print 'Sculptura in æs', engraved ca. 1591 after a drawing by Johannes Stradanus, which is the first detailed and realistic depiction of an engraving workshop. This impression is the rare first state (of 4) before the number 19 in the lower left margin. We present also one of the rare copies of the 'Lettre sur les éléments de la gravure à l’eau-forte' [Letter on the Elements of Etching] etched by Adolphe Martial Potémont, which was published in 1864. The set is complete with its cover featuring the trompe l'oeil letter. With this little treatise Martial Potémont actively participated in the revival of etching in France, supported by the creation of the Société des Aquafortistes in 1862. We will finally point out an interesting and very rare mezzotint by John Young depicting the black boxer Tom Molineux, who was born into slavery in Maryland and who won his freedom by boxing. He became one of the legendary bare-knuckle boxing champions, first in New York in 1809 and then in London in 1810. The notes of these engravings and some others about printmaking can be found in the pdf file to download at the top left of this page.

Sarah Sauvin

Johannes STRADANUS (after)

Sculptura in æs [The Invention of Copper Engraving]

ca. 1591

20,3 x 27,4 cm


Rare impression of the 1st state (of 4), before the number 19 in the lower left margin. Superb impression printed on laid watermarked paper (watermark: gothic P). In excellent condition. Sculptura in æs is part of a series of twenty engravings titled 'Nova Reperta'. It is the first detailed and realistic depiction of an engraving workshop. (Read the full description in the Worklist PDF).

New Hollstein (Johannes Stradanus) 341, 1st state (of 4)

€ 14000


Jeune dessinateur [The Young Draughtsman]

18th c.