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1875 Woodcut Alphonse Neuville Jean-Baptist Poquelin Moliere French XEA6

1875 Woodcut Alphonse Neuville Jean-Baptist Poquelin Moliere French XEA6

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This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut of an illustration by French artist Alphonse de Neuville which depicts one of France's most noted playwrights, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, or as he more commonly known, Molière. A true master of comedy, he was notorious for being able to make fun of the aristocrats in such a way that even they found his plays humorous. As a result, he enjoyed great popularity during his lifetime, and his theatrical productions live in works such as Le Misanthrope, Le Malade Imaginaire, and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.


This 136+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. There is acid staining in this image. No surface rub.No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Woodcut; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4 x 5.5 inches; 10 x 14 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This image was selected from a collection of woodcuts and steel engravings prolifically depicting scenes from French history, ranging from ancient Gaul to Charlemagne and his wars, to Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette. Historically important for French archivists, these images are extremely rare to locate and are virtually unseen individually. Period Paper is pleased to present these beautifully preserved images, which would make an ideal addition to any French lover's collection. To view more images from this portfolio, please click on the link offered below the condition paragraph.

This piece was illustrated by De Neuville, Alphonse. There is no visible artist signature.

De Neuvile, Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe

Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville (1835 _ 1885) was a French painter who specialized in very patriotic historical scenes with subjects such as the Franco-Prussian War, the Crimean War and the Zulu War. He originally joined the naval school in Lorient, France, but he soon realized that his primary passion was art. After his death, several of his pieces were acquired for the Luxembourg Palace in Paris.

Keywords specific to this image: 17th century

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