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George Montbard (1841-1905) - Late 19th Century Etching, Sailor with an Axe



A fine late 19th Century restrike etching by the artist George Montbard (1841-1904), depicting a sailor on a ship, wielding an axe. The figure is grasping some rigging with his left hand. Signed in the plate. On watermarked laid.


In good condition overall, for a picture of this age. There is some surface discolouration, and a 2cm tear to the right edge. There is also a very small tear to the upper edge. With plate lines.


31 x 22.3cm (12.2" x 8.8")
Sheet: 34 x 25.6cm (13.4" x 10.1")

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From a small collection of etchings by the French artist and illustrator George Montbard (1841-1905).

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Artist Biography

George Montbard (1841-1905) was a French artist, illustrator and caricaturist, born Charles Auguste Loye in Montbard, France. He worked as an illustrator and caricaturist on Chronique Illustré, and then in 1868 for the Illustrated London News.

After being involved in the Paris Commune in 1871 he was proscribed in France and moved to England, where he contributed to The Graphic, Judy, Funny Folks (including "Comic Fancy Page", 1874), and many other magazines including Vanity Fair. In 1882 Vincent van Gogh, who was also working for the Illustrated London News, mentioned receiving sketches by him of the Channel Islands. He was buried in Brittany on 5th August 1905.

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Code pp938
Artist George Montbard (1841-1905)
Date Late 19th Century
Dimensions 31 x 22.3cm
Medium Etching
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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