Here is a fine impression of the final state of the print, 'Le retour des artistes', published in the 'Illustration Nouvelle' on 1 June 1877 and which Buhot ironically called ‘The last day of the condemned men’. The rainy scene depicts the return of the artists to the Champs-Elysées on the evening of the final day for sending paintings to the Salon, March 20 at 6pm, according to the inscription in the image. But the image conveys all that one could ask for in a Buhot Parisian image: rainy weather, umbrellas, horse-drawn cabs and the sense of a particular time and place fixed in the mind for all time.
The return of the artists
etching, drypoint and aquatint
iv of 4 states
20.8 x 31.8 cm platemark
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., [incised plate] "...F. Buhot sc/ 21 mars 77 ['ars 77' printed in reverse]".
Gift of Iphy Kallinikos 2017
Annandale Galleries, 1989, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Anne Gregory bought the print in auction, Drouot Paris in Sept-Nov 1989 and sold it to the present owner soon after.
Referenced in 2 publications
Les graveurs du XIXe siècle, Paris, 1885-1892, vol 4 (1886), p 31, no 125.
Félix Buhot. Catalogue descriptif de son oeuvre grave, 1979, pp 74–75, no 125.