[ Pierre Alexandre Tardieu, French engraver.. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alex're. Tardieu'), in French, to the London printseller W. J. White, responding to an offer for 'les Epreuves avant la lettre du Saint Jérôme'. With autograph note by White.

Author: 
Pierre Alexandre Tardieu (1756-1844), French engraver [ William Johnstone White (1780-1844), London printseller, publisher and engraver ]
Publication details: 
'Rue Taranne No. 7', Paris. 7 February 1837.
£80.00
SKU: 20798

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with seal in red wax and postmark, on reverse of second leaf to 'Monsieur White | Brownlow Street holborn | London'. Thirty-seven lines of text, including a thirteen-line postscript. In responding to an offer for 'les Epreuves avant la lettre du Saint Jérôme', made by White in a letter of 29 September 1836, through' Mr. Chocarne', i.e. the painter and engraver Geoffroy Alphonse Chocarne (1797-c.1857), Tardieu writes: 'deux mille francs, c'est mon Dernier prix, tant pour mon honneur que pour les intérêts de ma femme et ma fille qui doivent me survivre'. A thirteen-line postscript informs White that, 'depuis votre depart de Paris, je ne cesse de travailler avec autant de zèle que de plaisir a la gravure representant les adieux de Charles 1er. a ses Enfants, le Tableaux peint par Bénazeck votre Compatriote'.Annotated by White on recto of second leaf: 'Made an offer March 18 1837 by M. Chocarne 1700 francs – for | 4 India proofs before all letters | 13 plain Do before letters – names of Artists | 2 Do Do a little creased | 2 Do with letters'