François Aubertin was a French draftsman and engraver, born in Metz. He was a soldier before learning aquatint engraving, to which he introduced some new technical processes. He worked in Dresden, Berlin, Paris and Ghent, reproducing the works of Nicolaes Berchem, Paul Potter, Carle van Loo and others. He committed suicide in Ghent in 1821.
Bassand (also known as “Bassan”) was a French publisher and printer, active between 1805 and 1815.
Vilquin was a French publisher and printseller active in Paris between 1790 and 1815. He published a number of botanical prints after the painter Jean-Louis Prévost.
Full publication information, La Chaumière: Aubertin sculp. Imprimé par Bassand. A Paris, chez Vilquin, Md. d’Estampes, Grande Cour du Palais Royal, No. 20. Deposé à la Bibliothèque Impériale. Inscribed upper right corner: No. 2781.
Full publication information, Le Château: Aubertin invenit et sculpsit. Imprimé par Bassan. A Paris, chez Vilquin, Md. d’Estampes, Grande Cour du Palais Royal, No. 20. Deposé à la Direction Impériale. Inscribed upper right margin: No. 2782.
Condition: Generally very good overall with rich colors, nonetheless exhibiting the usual light toning, wear, handling. Extremely faint scattered damp-caused discoloration in margins.
Bénézit, E. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs. France: Librairie Gründ, 1966. Vol. 1, p. 282 (Aubertin).
“Le Château.” British Museum. http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=1429943&partId=1&people=24373&peoA=24373-2-61&page=1 (18 December 2014).
“Vilquin (biographical details).” British Museum. http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/search_the_collection_database/term_details.aspx?bioId=22696 (18 December 2014).