1875 Woodcut Etienne Antoine Eugene Ronjat Bourdonnais French East India XEA6

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This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut of an illustration by French artist Etienne Antoinne Eugene Ronjat, which depicts Bertrand-François Mahé de la Bourdonnais. He was a naval officer in the service of the French East India Company. He quarreled incessantly with his rival, Joseph François, Marquis Dupleix, and went to Paris to complain about Dupleix's recent appointment as Governor-General in French India. Upon arriving, he was imprisoned in the Bastille for two years for not performing his duties, and despite getting acquitted he died shortly after, cursing Dupleix to the last.

CONDITION

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. Please note that there is a blind emboss mark in the lower right corner.

  • 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 Ronjat, Etienne Antoine Joseph Eugene. Artist initials in print - bottom left of image.

Keywords specific to this image: wig, 18th century, fashion

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