MORIN, Jean (ca.1605-50):

The Adoration of the Shepherds, after Philippe de Champaigne

Etching and engraving, after 1644. Robert-Dumesnil II, 18, p. 41, only state. Mazel 012, probably second state of two with strengthening in the shading
Watermark: Small bunch of grapes in a double oval

A very fine, rich impression, with margins on three sides, thread margins at the bottom. Slight remains of glue on the verso, minor handling creases in the fine paper, otherwise in very good condition. 468 x 292mm.

Morin worked closely with Philippe de Champaigne, whose painting of this subject was done for the Cathedral of Rouen in 1644. Owing to the very large scale of many of the painter’s works, Morin too greatly increased the size of his devotional plates over that of his better-known portraits, even etching a Crucifixion on three plates joined vertically. They would presumably have been destined for abbey walls. This print is extremely rare; no impression has appeared at auction in the last 25 years.