Photogravure, Painting by C. Baugniet


Photogravure is an intaglio printmaking or photo-mechanical process whereby a copper plate is coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue which had been exposed to a film positive, and then etched, resulting in a high quality intaglio print that can reproduce the detail and continuous tones of a photograph.

Goupil & Cie was a leading art dealership in 19th-century France, with headquarters in Paris. Step by step, Goupil established a worldwide trade in fine art reproductions of paintings and sculptures, with a network of branches in London, Brussels, The Hague, Berlin and Vienna, as well as in New York City and Australia. Instrumental for this expansion were the Ateliers Photographiques, a plant north of Paris, in Asnières, which took up work in 1869. Vincent van Gogh fell ill and retired in 1872, but left his money in the firm until 1878.


I’m thoroughly confused by this so if you have the answer, please let me know, even if you have no interest!   It is definitely 19th century. In tiny print it says: “Painted by C. Baugniet. On the other side it says: Photogravure Goupil & Cie.” The title is “Blind Man’s-Buff.”  It also says: Artist L.Barrymore with a signature but Lionel Barrymore was too late and the signature and subject do not match anything I’ve seen by the actor who also painted. The full sheet measures 11″ x 17″ while the image measures 7 1/2″ x 10″. It is printed on heavy paper and while the photogravure is in fine condition, the white boarder has staining and should be covered with a mat. It’s uncut and on heavy paper. Buyer pays for postage.

Charles-Louis Baugniet (27 February 1814 – 5 July 1886) was a Belgian painter, lithographer and aquarellist. His name remains attached to the lithographing of portraits of famous and lesser-known figures from Belgium, France and England. They are politicians, senior officials, prominent clergy, both from the Roman Catholic and Anglican Church, industrialists, professors, artists, musicians, actors, and people from the vaudeville world.