The Newspaper (2nd state)
Le Journal (original French title)
Etching printed on laid paper.
Reference: Wentworth 73a.
Wentworth’s trial proof “a”; actually very likely a second state of seven, as per the pencil annotation (see below).
A very scarce, possibly unique state proof, before the edition in the seventh state. Before the chestnut leaves in the background, and before drypoint shading throughout. This is Wentworth personal impression; very likely the one reproduced in his catalogue raisonné (page 284).
Annotated “2e etat/VII” in pencil (possibly by Jean-Claude Romand, Sagot-Le Garrec, Paris), lower left sheet corner.
Provenance: Michael Wentworth, with his stamp (Lugt 4860).
Bearing the red “JCC” collector stamp (not in Lugt).
Very fine impression, in pristine condition.