The small Self-Portrait
mezzotint with roulette and engraving, circa 1781, on laid paper, without watermark, a very good impression of this rare print
Sheet 213 x 170 mm.
Humbert, Revilliod & Tilanus 9; Roethlisberger & Loche 523
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The present composition is a second version of the Large Self-Portrait, which the artist had produced a little earlier. It is considerably reduced in size and was intended for publication in Liotard's treatise Du clair-obscurpublished in 1781. Both prints are very rare. The last impression of the present, smaller plate was sold at Christie's in London on 8 April 2009 (GBP 11,250), and only two impressions of Large Self-Portraithave come to light in recent years, including a proof before letters which was sold at Christie's, New York, on 29 January 2019 (US$ 75,000).

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