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The Sphinx

([Paris], l'Ymagier, 1896) 63 cm; original tan wrapper with letterpress, etching on front cover ("Enfant prodigue") and back cover ("cul-de-lampe"- woman's head in profile); six etchings loosely inserted; and one additional etching, another impression of the cul-de-lampe, on a different...

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Artist's monogram, VB, lr in plate Signed in graphite lr in margin, Valère Bernard


Between the 1950s and 1980s, acquired by Samuel Josefowitz (Lausanne, Switzerland and Whitchurch, England); March 19, 2004, sold by Josefowitz to Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo (Naples, FL); 2010, gift of Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 26, 2011)

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Gift of Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo

Le Sphinx



Image: 41.6 x 27.8 cm (16 3/8 x 10 15/16 in.) Sheet: 61.8 x 44.2 cm (24 5/16 x 17 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Etching and aquatint, one of six


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