GIOVANNI FATTORI (Livorno 1825 - Florence 1908) RITORNO DAL PASCOLO (Return from Pasture)
Zinc etching, Baboni-Malesci LXX. The print has the characteristics of the impressions pulled by Fattori himself, or under his direct guidance, with his small hand press. These impressions were printed on various types of paper, often recovered by chance, easily recognizable by the narrow margins and sometimes used to wrap the plates and recognize them (as it is the case for the present impression). Several examples of these impressions are in the Franconi collection. See: Andrea Baboni, Le incisioni di Giovanni Fattori nella collezione Franconi, Florence, 1987; nos. 4, 26, 28, 64, 74, 78 and 85. Baboni generally dated these impressions c. 1900.
A very good impression printed in black ink on light brown, thin, wove paper. A few creases inside the platemark; pasted on cardboard inscribed in pen Giov. Fattori acquaforte = Paesaggio con buoi = prova dell'autore. To the platemark 110 x 235 mm, the entire sheet measuring 165 x 295 mm.
A similar impression of another etching by Fattori, with similar traces of folds due to the wrapping of the plate, is in the collection of the British Museum: 2001,0930.18.