Eugène DelacroixRencontre de Cavaliers Maures. An Encounter between Moorish Riders. 1834.

Original etching in black ink. 1834. Signed and dated in the plate. From the very small and extremely rare first edition (perhaps 20 to 30 impressions) issued in 1834 for: Le Musée, by Descamps, Paris. Ref: Delteil - Le Peintre-Graveur Delacroix, no 23, the first state of two before the plate was retouched by Delacroix. Extremely rare. Note: The states are not described by Delteil. c 20 impressions were issued in 1834 for Le Musée before the print was replaced by the lithographic copy. Very fine delicately inked impression with slight foul bite on the foreground horses forelegs. On off-white chine appliqué laid on cream wove. Print surface excellent and tenant_id=1868; trace of a fold in foot margin outside the image from where issued for Le Musée and tenant_id=1868; reverse with slight time stain. Not restored. Just showing the plate mark. Image to border: 183x251mm.