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Emil Orlik: Bildnis Gerhard Hauptmann - Portrait of Gerhard Hauptmann

Bildnis Gerhard Hauptmann  -  Portrait of Gerhard Hauptmann
counterproof etching printed in brown and black, 1910
Plate/Image Size: 23 x 18.5 cm - (9 x 7¼ inches)
Sheet Size: 44.5 x 29.5 cm - (17½ x 11½ inches)
signed, dated and inscribed 'Gegendruck' (counterproof) below the plate and also signed by the master printer Otto Felsing

a rare unique counterproof* of Orlik's most famous etching portrait of his dramatist friend
a marvellous example of collaboration between Orlik, himself a master printer and Felsing, who had one of the most important printing studios in Europe before the 1914-18 war
on very heavy stiff cream wove paper with full margins
in perfect condition
compare this proof to the etching printed on rose chine on this website

*counterproof : a counterproof is a print taken off from anotherproof just printed, which, by being passed through the press, gives a copy in reverse, and of course in the same position as that of the plate from which the first was printed, the object being to enable the etcher to inspect the state of the plate before printing an edition