Port with Seagulls


Le Port aux Mouettes (original French title)

Etching, drypoint, aquatint and sandpaper ground on thin wove paper.
Reference: Bourcard/Goodfriend 162 between v/vii & vi/vii.
Undescribed state, between Goodfriend’s fifth and sixth states.  In this state Buhot created an array of highlights, mostly to depict birds, both in the main subject and the bottom right corner margin.  He also sketched seagulls in flight in the top margin.  This white birds dotting the surface were created by stopping out the aquatint in those particular areas.  In the subsequent state he then actually sketched thick birds.  Goodfriend’s 5th can be seen HERE, and his 6th HERE.
Signed, annotated “3e Etat” and titled in pencil, in the plate, lower plate margin.  With the artist’s small red owl stamp (Lugt 978).
Plate: 9 ¾ x 14 ¼ inches.

We add a counterproof impression of the first state.
Etching on thin Canson & Montgolfier wove paper, 1886.
Reference: Bourcard/Goodfriend 162 between i/vii.
One of at least two such counterproof impressions; the other in the collection of the New York Public Library, which can be seen HERE.  The artist must have see something in the reversed impression of this subject to print it twice in this manner in this early state.
Annotated “Contre Epreuve – 1st State (sic!)” in the plate, lower left corner, and titled in the lower left sheet margin.
Provenance: Johannes Hendricus de Bois (Lugt 733), with his monogram stamp.
Plate : 9 ¾ x 14 inches.

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