Albert Besnard

Albert Besnard, La Robe de Soie, 1887, etching with drypoint and aquatint

La Robe de Soie

The Silk Gown

Godefroy 66.3

etching with aquatint, roulette, and drypoint, 1887, , on medium-weight cream Japon paper, a fine impression of the third state, printed with substantial though irregular margins, two deckle edges, left and below.

There is very slight and unobtrusive soiling overall, old hinges on the verso, still attached to a card mount, otherwise in very good condition, having never been framed

P. 370x236mm., S. 433x298mm.

Provenance: a private American collection

The present impression of this important print is an interesting proof, aside from the edition*, and may well constitute a color trial, here pulled in a rather more brownish bistre than those in the Bibliothèque nationale for example:


Furthermore, there were also impressions pulled in a rather bright sanguine, see:

All in all, our impression is chromatically closer to that in the NGA:

Lastly, the above title is often considered factitious, as Besnard several times annotated impressions as Rêverie.

Most of the impresions we have seen from the edition are pulled on laid paper with the Arches watermark, eg. the BN proof a, cited above.