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The  Rare  Series  of

Rigaud, Galley Construction

Creation , Fête & Departure  of  the  Galleys

Rigaud, Jacques (Marseilles c. 1681 – 1753/4, active i. a. in Toulon). Galleys. From construction and baptism till departure and return. Each bustling with figurines before harbor scenery. Set of 6 sheet in engraving with etching by (? see below) and at resp. Martin Engelbrecht (1684 Augsburg 1756). Inscribed: 1(-6) / Mart. Engelbrecht exc(ud[it]). A(ug). V(ind)., otherwise each with title + quatrain in German-Latin parallel text, sheet 1 additionally “No. 68.”. 8⅜-8½ × 13⅞-14 in (21.3-21.6 × 35.3-35.5 cm).

Rigaud, Baptism of the Galleys

The  set  not  even  came  to  light  to  Schott

Der Augsburger Kupferstecher und Kunstverleger Martin Engelbrecht

who as owner-successor of the Engelbrecht store lists under 3172 of his 1924 Definitive and Publisher’s Catalog as an individual work (sic!) only sheet 2, moreover cut under significant image loss, qualified in addition with two (of three) asteriks:

Rigaud, Pleasure Fête of the Galleys in Marseilles

“ Now at the Engelbrecht prints bearing without specification of an engraver only the inscription excudit those sheets stand out which doubtless are studio works while others

bear  clearly  the  marks  of  Engelbrecht  origin .

Therefore the author has supplied in the catalog those sheets marked with M. E. sculpsit or fecit with ***, those indicated indeed with M. E. excudit only while lacking the specification of an engraver (as here), but bearing the stamp of Engelbrecht origin with **, the studio works with * ”

(page 49). – Compare also Nagler (“Jean”) Rigaud 9 and Coppenrath Collection, pt. III (1890), 2027 (Rigaud):

“ Seaports  with  richest  figurative  decoration .“

Sheet 2 with typograph. watermark ML. – On the left in the white (plate) margin each with the two pinholes of the original stitching. The up to 1.5 cm wide, partly slanted paper margins in parts trimmed close to and on platemark resp., with each two sheet upper right and below and lower left resp. also within the white platemark. – Especially at the lower margin and the text area resp. isolated feeble foxspots. – Fine  copy .

Rigaud, Fitting of the Galleys

The Galley Construction (available here also separately) – The Baptism of the Galleys – The Pleasure Fête of the Galleys in the Harbor of Marseilles – The Fitting of the Galleys – The Time for the Departure of the Galleys – The Return of the Galleys .

The  with  respect  to  the  three  ship  construction  sujets

Rigaud, Departure of the Galleys

especially  instructive , rich  set

Rigaud, Return of the Galleys

substantiated  in  its  entirety  here  furthermore  for  the  first (?) time .

Engelbrecht also published an edition of Rigaud’s slightly smaller series of the ships of the line Nagler 10; cf. Schott 3171 (sheet 5 only). A set of Rigaud’s own engravings of the galleys figured on the market in the ’70s.

Offer no. 28,845 / price on application