The Michael G. Wilson collection of Félicien Rops letters and other material.

Finding aid prepared by Dawn Aveline
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90036

Title: The Michael G. Wilson collection of Félicien Rops letters and other material.
Identifier/Call Number: WIL.001.001
Contributing Institution: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library
Language of Material: French
Physical Description: 5.2 Linear feet 5 boxes.
Date: circa 1864 - circa 1910
creator: Detouche, Henry Julien, 1854-1913
creator: Wilson, Michael G., 1942-

Biographical/Historical note

Collection donor Michael G. Wilson is best known as the producer and screenwriter of films in the James Bond series (per Prints and Drawings curator Naoko Takahatake). Wilson, born in New York City in 1942, obtained degrees in electrical engineering and law and later joined the film business of his stepfather, Albert R. Broccoli. In 2008 he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire. In addition to his work in film, Wilson is a noted collector and expert in nineteenth century photography, and co-authored the book Pictorialism in California with Dennis Read.
About Félicien Rops
Born on July 7, 1833, in Namur, Belgium, Rops moved to Brussels at the age of 20 where he enrolled in the Atelier Libre de St Luc. Working at first primarily in lithography, Rops’ artistic career began with his caricatures of political figures published in a student paper, Le Crocodile, and later in a satirical weekly he founded, L’Uylenspiegel. By 1865 Rops had mostly ceased working in lithography; in 1862 he learned etching and traveled to Paris to study the technique with leading practitioners, Félix Bracquemond and Jules Jacquemart.
In 1868, along with fifteen other Belgian artists, Rops helped establish the Société de l’Art Libre. The Société was formed to promote artistic freedom and to advance the Realist movement, in reaction against the official Brussels Salon. The Société published a bi-monthly journal and held its own exhibitions. The following year Rops created the Société Internationale des Aquafortistes; members of the Société included Rops' fellow printer and collaborator, François Nys. Later, after the dissolution of these two groups, Rops joined another group of Belgian artists calling themselves Les XX, formed in 1883 by Octave Maus. Les XX held annual exhibitions featuring their own work along with the works of artists invited from outside Belgium. Rops exhibited his painting "Pornocrates" to a scandalous reception at the Salon des XX in 1886.
During the years 1864 to 1871, Rops created engraved illustrations for publisher Auguste Poulet-Malassis. Through this collaboration Rops came to befriend Charles Baudelaire who commissioned him to create the frontispiece to his Les Epaves in 1866. Beginning in the mid-1860s Rops also produced illustrations for the Gay and Doucé printing house, including illustrations for a minuscule edition of “Les Bas-Fonds de la Société.”
Baudelaire’s influence can be found in several major themes of Rops’ work, including the representations of death and disease in a female form. Rops was well known for his depictions of erotic scenes, often incorporating satyrs and devils. His work earned him the admiration of many of the most prominent Symbolist authors and he was reputed to be highly paid for illustrations of their work. He designed ten illustrations for Barbey d’Aurévilly’s short story collection, Les Diaboliques, in 1879, which were reproduced later in a separate edition and again in larger format. In 1882 Rops began work on a series of soft-ground etchings, never completed, called Les Sataniques.
During his lifetime Rops was celebrated for his work as an etcher. In 1896 the journal La Plume devoted an issue to Rops and a retrospective of his work was mounted at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris. Another exhibition followed later that year in Brussels. Rops died on August 23, 1898 at his home in Essonnes, France.
Biographical information was compiled from the following sources:
"Photography Expert Michael G. Wilson Becomes an Art Fund Fund Trustee.", May 10, 2010, (Accessed 7 November 2011).
British Museum, "François Nys," The British Museum, (Accessed 22 November 2011).
Hoffman, Edith. “Félicien Rops.” In The Dictionary of Art. Edited by Jane Turner. New York: Macmillan, 1996.
Musée Rops, “Biography of Félicien Rops,” Musée Rops, (Accessed 1 November 2011).
Exteens, Maurice. “ROPS (Félicien).” In Dictionnaire biographique des artistes contemporains. Edited by René Edouard-Joseph. Paris : Librarie Grund, 1934.

Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised of manuscript materials, excerpts, journals, auction catalogues, booksellers' bulletins, and books by Félicien Rops and his contemporaries. Rops, a Belgian engraver, illustrator and painter, is associated with the Belgian avant-garde and the Symbolists of the late 19th century. Rops gained fame through his use of erotic and Satanic imagery and his mastery of the Realist style. The materials date from the 1870s to circa 1913.
The series of manuscript materials is divided into two subseries, one containing draft letters and notes for published articles by Henry Detouche and the other grouping together handwritten notes or letters to and from Rops and others in his circle, including correspondence on the topic of the purchase and delivery of a printing press in 1876.
Published articles and journals make up the majority of the collection. The series of published material is primarily composed of articles about or by Rops, excerpted from their parent publications. Many of the journal articles were enclosed or glued into the journal's original paper covers with surrounding pages removed. The series of complete journals contains periodicals whose complete contents are intact.
The series of auction sales catalogues documents the many sales held primarily in Paris at the Hôtel Drouot featuring Rops’ work. Some catalogues have been annotated with prices. Similarly, the series of booksellers’ bulletins is comprised of book or print vendor catalogues, each listing numerous works by Rops for sale. The bound volumes series contains monographs as well as journal articles that have been bound together.

Arrangement note

The materials in this collection showed little arrangement reflective of original order, apart from the folder of manuscript materials by Henry Detouche. To facilitate access, the materials were arranged in series according to their type:
Series 1: Manuscript materials (chronological): Draft letters and notes by Henry Detouche; Autograph letters and manscript material.
Series 2: Excerpted published material. The titles of the items in this series are formulated as follows: article title; publication title; author (first last); city of publication; pages. The articles are then arranged in alphabetical order by author's last name.
Series 3: Complete journals. The journals are arranged in alphabetical order by title.
Series 4: Auction Catalogues. The titles of items in this series are formulated as follows: title of catalogue with collection name. location; date; name of commissaires-priseurs; name of expert. The catalogues are then arranged chronologically.
Series 5: Booksellers' Bulletins (arranged chronologically).
Series 6: Bound materials and books. The bound volumes and books have been catalogued separately and placed in Special Collections.

Processing Information note

The materials were transferred into acid-free, buffered folders and containers in October 2011. Some fragile documents were preservation photocopied. Modern, non-archival folders were discarded. The two books and five volumes of bound material were catalogued separately and housed in Special Collections.
The manuscript materials were described according to the standards contained in Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books), 2007 revision.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The materials in this collection were donated to LACMA by screenwriter and producer Michael G. Wilson, in association with his gift to the museum of several hundred prints by Félicien Rops. The Rops prints were accessioned over the span of several years, from 1979 to 1984.

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment only through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library. Telephone 323-857-6118 or email

Conditions Governing Use note

Contact the Balch Research Library at 323-856-6118 or for information on publishing or reproducing materials included in these records. Permission will be granted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as the owner of the physical materials, and does not imply permission from the copyright holder. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all necessary permissions from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation note

[Description of item], The Michael G. Wilson Collection of Félicien Rops letters and other material, circa 1864 - circa 1910, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library, WIL.001.001.

Index Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Personal Names

Detouche, Henry Julien, 1854-1913
Rops, Félicien, 1833-1898

Subjects and formats

Art criticism
Art, Belgian--19th century
Auction catalogs
Clippings (information artifacts)
Drafts (documents)
Graphic arts
Journals (periodicals)
Letters (correspondence)
Sales catalogs
Symbolism (Art movement)


Manuscript materials. Circa 1870 - 1905


This series is arranged into two subseries, one containing draft letters and notes written by Henry Detouche and the other grouping together notes or letters by others.

Scope and Contents

The series of manuscript materials contains letters, draft letters, and notes written by Henry Detouche and others. Detouche’s draft letters include a letter of condolence to Rops’ wife after the artist’s death, a letter to fellow artist and friend of Rops, Armand Rassenfosse, and a draft of a letter to Rops himself discussing the introduction that Rops would write for Detouche’s 1895 book Propos d’un peintre (Box 1, Folder 3). Detouche’s notes in the series center upon articles he would write about Rops, in particular for his article in La Vogue in February 1899. Also included are several pages of notes in preparation for an article on the Belgian painter Henry de Groux.
The second subseries of manuscript materials includes two short missives written by Rops (one confirming the ownership of a press, the other arranging with his printer François Nys to meet at the workshop); three letters from Nys to caricaturist and friend of Rops Maurice Bonvoisin, regarding the sale and delivery of a press; and a letter from Théodore Hannon to Bonvoisin confirming the press’s installation.

Autograph notes and draft letters by Henry Detouche. 1894-1904

Box 1, Folder 3

[Transcribed letter] 1894 October 7 [to Detouche] / Félicien Rops. 1894

Transcription of the last part of a letter from Rops to and by Detouche.
Box 1, Folder 3

[Draft letter] 1894 October 8 [to Rops] / Henry Detouche. 1894

Box 1, Folder 3

[Draft letter] 1896 June 20, 29 rue de la Tour d'Auvergne, Paris [to Armand] Rassenfosse / Henry Detouche. 1896

Recounts Rops' failing health and his having received an invitation to his own exhibition opening the following day.


Mon cher ami,
Je me trouvais précisément chez Rops où je passais deux | jours, quand on a reçu à la stupéfaction générale | une carte d’invitation pour l’inauguration de | son exposition qui devait se faire le lendemain 14 | juin. Personne ne s’attendait évidemment à une | date aussi proche. Tu te rappelles parfaitement que | nous déplorions tous deux n’est-ce pas ? dans l’intimité[?] | qu’il était malheureux qu’elle ne se fît pas dans la | pleine saison artistique d’Octobre à Avril. Je | trouvais que les yeux de nos contemporains sont tellement | las des expositions petites et grandes aquarellistes, pas- | tellistes, expositions de cercles*, expositions de chez Bing, | Durand-Ruel, George Petit. & pour finir les deux | colossales exhibitions des Champ-Elysées & du Champ | de Mars. Les rétines impressionnées par les formes gorgées | de couleurs ont besoin de repos à la fin, & c’est dans le | décor de la pleine nature, mer ou montagne, bois | ou champ que nus devons tous rincer nos prunelles | défaillantes. Or Deschamps d’ordinaire assez avisé | n’a pas pensé un moment à cela, ou s’il y a pensé | quelles sont donc les puissances occultes qui [illeg.] que | lui faire passer. ^outre Quelles considérations étaient donc | assez forts pour prévaloir sure une question de réussite | qu’il fallait rendre certaine. Il ne faut jamais négliger | [next page] d’avoir beaucoup d’atouts dans son jeu si l’on veut | gagner la partie.
Et quelle plus glorieuse partie à gagner. | Une personnalité aussi riche et aussi haute que | celle de notre cher et grand Rops, dont la longue | vie de labeur attendait une apothéose bien méritée | et qui après l’estime de tous les vrais artistes avait le suf- | frage de tous les intellectuels.
Si l’on voulait donc luis forcer un peu la main | pour faire cette exposition, si l’on éveillait tout d’un | coup en lui la prestigieuse vision de son œuvre ac- | -complie, si l’on venait tisonner ainsi son puissant | cerveau, que l’inspiration laboura tant naguère | pour y faire germer l’innombrable éclosion des | plus surprenantes conceptions de ce temps ; il fal- | -lait au moins quelques semaines, si ce n’est des | mois pour le groupement des œuvres & la sélection | a laquelle seul il avait droit de présider.
Et tous ses plus proches & ses plus dévoués y auraient | l’ineffable joie comme à une consécration triomphale | longtemps désirée et toujours attendue.
Ce qui m’a fait frissonner & m’a donné une soudaine | nausée, ça été d’apprendre que certaines chez lesquels l’es- | -prit mercantile et agioteur l’a emporté sur l’affection | sont venus s’informer hypocritiquement de son état et | au lieu de sentir l’affliction profonde que doivent éprouver | les vrais cœurs à la seule pensée d’un danger possible l’im- | -pitoyable supputation des bénéfices à réaliser étant alors la seule | préoccupation de leur cerveau.
A l’introduction d’art merveilleuses visions reproduisant dans la | fierté des ligues et le mystère des tentes[?] l’obsédante beauté | tout cela, dessins, peintures, eaux-fortes et donc ravalé ainsi au rang | des valeurs de bourse. On joue à la hausse et à la | baisse sur le génie & on cherche à avoir des tuyaux pigées avec les valeurs en main | donne[?] renseignements, pour agir en conséquence. Et | certains ont eu chez eux de rayonnantes choses qui appar- | -tiennent virtuellement aux musées futurs & qui s’en sont allés | de ci, de là, vendues, échangées, revendues, & dont le | charme impérissable n’a pu parvenir à [illeg.] et fixer pour toujours le possesseur | intéressé. D’où* l’amour sincère de l’art aurait [immobilisé] dû finir | à tout jamais le choix de l’amateur ; la cupidité & l’agis | a l’avant[?] tout aux aventures des enchères. Enfin | au séjour aléatoire et inconstant des boutiques ou salons-maga | -sins succédera un jour la définitive installation dans | les glorieuses pinacothèques futures.
Les œuvres d’art n’ont elles pas surtout leur paradis, où elles | arrivent après de laborieuses étapes qui sont comme des contrôles & des preuves successives et nécessaires. |
Heureusement qu’il y a depuis bien longtemps & qu’il y | aura toujours des fervents fidèles pour les œuvres de notre cher maitre ; & c’est | ce qui console & compense tant d’autres trafiquants.
Je partage absolument tes sentiments au sujet de l’état | de santé de notre illustre & si cher ami ; quand je l’ai vu | par hasard dans une crise pénible ; c’était si douloureux | pour moi, que c’était déjà trop de l’avoir vue. Le dire | eut été une prolongation de tristesse, le taire était un devoir | selon mon cœur. C’était le désir fervent de biffer la chose. | Aucune faiblesse, pas la moindre tare, sauvegardons l’idole | mon bien cher Rassenfosse, les proches nous rendrons la | [next page] tâche aisée par leur dévouement de tous les instants, | et nous qui sommes les fidèles immédiats, quoique au | second degré, nous qui sommes les intermédiaires entre | sa famille et les étrangers, disons à tous ces écouteurs | aux portes ; à ces faux affligés* | pour qui la perte du maître leur paraît | facilement compensés par le gain réalisé sur ses œuvres ; Disons qu’il est | bien – car il est au milieu de ses chers ; répétons qu’on ne | peut mieux car il ne serre plus guère que des mains vierges | de tout or gagné dans de mystérieuses machinations. | Et ce mot d’ordre nous le transmettrons désormais ; avec | un tel accent de vérité, avec un si | ardent désir de le voir se réaliser, que la conviction | naitra peut-être un peu en nous & ce sera alors notre | récompense pour quelques années encore sans doute ... | Je m’arrête ici parce que ma vue se trouble en | peu à une triste pensée ; mais dans cette défaillance passagère nous sommes | tellement en communion de cœur que c’est pour moi | une douce chose que d m’y abandonner sous les yeux d’un ami tel que toi ...
Bien à toi de très cordiale amitié | cher ami & à bientôt j’espère
Henry Detouche | 39 rue de la Tour d’Auvergne
Box 1, Folder 3

[Draft Letter] 1896 November 18, [to] Ann [Harancourt] / Henry Detouche. 1896

In this draft letter, Henry Detouche thanks Ann Harancourt for her article on Rops in “Le Gaulois.”
Box 1, Folder 3

[Notes] 1898 January, Souvenir sur Rops / Henry Detouche. 1898

Detouche describes an evening with Rops near the end of Rops' life. Includes Detouche's account of Rops’ definition of happiness: “C’est d’avoir unde bonne commande, dit-il et après un court intervalle pendant lequel il fut son habituel sourire, il ajouta baissant un peu la voix ... et ne pas la faire."
Box 1, Folder 3

[Draft letter] 1898 September, [to] Madame Rops / Henry Detouche. 1898

According to annotation in ink, this is a letter to Madame Rops in l'Ile-de-Brébant, France, following Rops' death.
Box 1, Folder 3

[Draft letter, n.d.] 1904 December [per annotation] [to Rops, per annotation] / Henry Detouche. No date.

On subject of Rops’ letters (according to annotation).
Box 1, Folder 3

[Notes, n.d.] [Notes for article on Eugène Demolder's book "Trois Contemporains: Henry de Brackeleer, Constantin Meunier, Félicien Rops"] / Henry Detouche. No date.

1 leaf.
Box 1, Folder 3

[Notes, n.d.] [Mss notes and draft of article on DeGroux] / Henry Detouche. No date.

Box 1, Folder 3

[Notes, n.d.] [Mss notes and draft of article] sur Félicien Rops / Henry Detouche. No date.

These notes relate to Detouche's article "Félicien Rops" published in the journal La Vogue in February 1899 (Box 2, Folder 7).
Box 1, Folder 3

[Notes, n.d.] Sur l'Amour (Don Juan) / Henry Detouche. No date.

Box 1, Folder 3

[Notes, n.d.] [Notes on Rops] / Henry Detouche. No date.

Includes reminiscence about Rops making a bet that he could guess the nationalities of bathers on the beach at Ostende; mentions Don Juan.
Box 1, Folder 3

[Notes, n.d.] [Notes on Rops] / Henry Detouche. No date.

Box 1, Folder 3

[Letter, n.d.] August 3, Dave [to Henry Detouche] / Camille Lemonnier. No date.


Autograph letters and manuscript material. Circa 1872 - 1894

Box 1, Folder 1

[Printed invitations] [3 printed invitations from the] Société Libre des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles / E. Lambrichs, F. Rops. 23 avril 1872, 28 février 1873, 4 mars 1876.

Box 1, Folder 2

[Letter] 1876 January 4, Brussels [to] Monsieur Bonvoisin / François Nys. 1876

Autograph letter from François Nys to M. Bonvoisin, accompanying an invoice for “une presse en taille-douce (100 fr)” and “bouteille de noir (1 fr)”, and gratuity for “les hommes de peine (1,50 fr).” Dated 4 janvier 1876, Bruxelles. This letter, along with two others from Nys to Bonvoisin, was glued to a sheet of heavy paper prior to acquisition by LACMA.
Box 1, Folder 2

[Letter] 1876 January 7, Brussels [to] Monsieur Bonvoisin / François Nys. 1876

Autograph letter in response to a letter from Bonvoisin seeking instruction related to the press. This letter, along with two others from Nys to Bonvoisin, was glued to a sheet of heavy paper prior to acquisition by LACMA.
Box 1, Folder 2

[Letter] 1876 January 11, Brussels [to] Monsieur Bonvoisin / François Nys. 1876

Autograph letter from Nys acknowledging receipt of payment from Bonvoisin for the press. This letter, along with two others from Nys to Bonvoisin, was glued to a sheet of heavy paper prior to acquisition by LACMA.
Box 1, Folder 1

[Letter] 1894 December 17, 2, Rue du Marché des Blancs Manteaux, Paris / Félicien Rops. 1894

Autograph letter from Rops to unknown recipient certifying that the press in his “petit atelier” belongs to François Nys.
Box 1, Folder 1

[Letter] November 3, Dombasle-sur-Meurthe, [to] Mr Bonvoisin / [Théodore] Hannon.

Letter from Théodore Hannon (editor of L’Artiste) to M. Bonvoisin, confirming Nys installed the press. This letter was glued to heavy paper stock before acquisition by LACMA.
Box 1, Folder 1

[Letter, n.d.] [to François] Nys / F.R. [Félicien Rops]. No date.

Card to Nys from Rops arranging for Nys to come to the atelier “en partant à 8h1/2 de la place Pigalle vous seriez à l’atelier à 9 heures [...] pour tirer des Sataniques / leaving at 8:30 from Place Pigalle you will be at the atelier at 9 am [...] to print the Sataniques.”
Box 1, Folder 1

[Letter, n.d.] / Féli Gautier. No date.

Autograph letter from Féli Gautier to unknown recipient, possibly Henry Detouche, offering letters written by Rops.


Vendredi soir
C’est entendu, et laissons l’année | ensevelir toutes ces misères; je suis | confus de la peine que vous | vous êtes donnée pour gravir | mes 6 pénibles étages: veuillez | croire combien j’aurais été heureux | de causer, entre nous; et, pour | vous prier de m’excuser, acceptez | ma démarche de ce soir, heureux de | pouvoir vous donner la primeur | de ces lettres Rops; l’exemplaire est | coupé, il n’y en avait qu’un seul | au Mercure, celui des patrons[?] et | vous l’avez
à l’an neuf, et cependant | croyez à mes sentiments de la | meilleure sympathie
Féli Gautier [end]
Box 1, Folder 1

[Letter, n.d.], [to] Monsieur Jaffrey / Henri Liesse. No date.

Autograph letter from Henri Liesse contains references to Rops' correspondance.


Cher monsieur Jaffrey
Survient ma conçierge : | Il est venu un monsieur demander | de vos nouvelles a un bel etorunnce[?] | et elle me remet votre carte | va pour le bel et bon avec indulgence | pour le retard.
Mais j’ai lu relu et même copié | quelques caractéristiques | D’après l’O. Pirmez il me parait à | peu près certain que les lettres que | lui demandait Rops en vue de ses | Feuilles Volantes ont été anéanties |
à propos de Théophile Silvestre | vous savez comme moi qu’il a laissé | [next page] | un livre de portraits dans la | manière forte que je vous souhaite | de retrouver l’o[au?] down wir[?] recherchez | Rops çitait souvent de ses mots | celui-çi entr’autres inspire des | maintes écritures: “Malheur aux | rassassiés! [?]”
il y a parmi vos documents | une lettre de Glatigny bien | curieuse comme rapprochement | avec quelques unes de Rops
Mais quelle très intéressante | que celle au monologue | du parfait Fromentin | D’après quoi merci au | revoir et bien à vous
H Liesse [end]

Excerpted published material. Circa 1880 - 1910

Box 1, Folder 5

[Preservation photocopied originals] No date.

Original newspaper clippings for which photocopied surrogates have been created. Not available for paging; contact archivist for more information.
Box 2, Folder 1

"Félicien Rops, étude patronymique par Eugène Demolder, avec quelques reproductions brutales de devises inédites de Rops (Paris, René Pinsbourde)"; excerpted from L’Artiste; Jean Albioz; 471-476. No date.

Includes illustrations by Rops subtitled “pour Poulet-Malssis, Charles Baudelaire, Barbey d’Aurévilly, Armand Silvestre.”
Box 2, Folder 2

"Lettres Inédites à Félicien Rops"; excerpted from Mercure de France; Ph. Burty, Baudelaire; Paris, No. 181, Tome LIII; 30 – 44. 2 copies. 1 January 1905.

Reproductions of letters to Rops from Alfred Delvau, Théophile Silvestre, Philippe Burtuy, Octave Pirmez, Charles de Coster, Paul Verlaine, Edmond de Goncourt, Albert Glatigny, Poulet-Malassis, Charles Baudelaire. Includes the original printed cover and title page.
Box 2, Folder 3

"Eugène Fromentin, 1820-1876"; by J.C.; 193-216. No date.

Box 2, Folder 4

“Lettres inédites d'artistes"; excerpted from La Belgique Contemporaine : revue de l’activité nationale; Bruxelles, 1ere année No. 3; letters by Courbet, Manet, Rops, Stevens; 303 – 320. 3 June 1904.

Published correspondance of artists (Courbet, Manet, Rops, Stevens) with Alfred Werwée, a Belgian painter. Rops mentions in a letter reproduced here the essay by Eugène Demolder in which Demolder discusses Rops’ Flemish origins. Includes original cover.
Box 2, Folder 5

"Chronique Artistique : L’Exposition des XX ; Mort de M. Mauve ; Exposition de M. Asselbergs"; excerpted from La Société Nouvelle; Eugène Demolder; 181–192. February 1888.

Box 2, Folder 6

"Chronique Artistique : Notes sur le Salon des XX"; excerpted from La Société Nouvelle; Eugène Demolder; Bruxelles; 441-444. March 1893.

Box 2, Folder 7

"Félicien Rops"; excerpted from La Vogue; Henry Detouche; Nouvelle série, No. 2; 87-104. February 1899.

This is the published article based on Detouche's manuscript notes in this collection (Box 1, Folder 3).
Box 2, Folder 8

"La jeunesse d’Eugène Fromentin"; excerpted from La Revue des Deux Mondes; Émile Faguet; 599-614. 1 April 1909.

Box 2, Folder 8

[Cover Pages] Revue des Deux Mondes; LXXIXe année, Cinquième Période, Paris. 1 April 1909.

Preservation photocopied. Original in Box 1, Folder 5.

Paper front and back cover only. Table of contents indicates "La jeunesse d’Eugène Fromentin par M. Émile Faguet."
Box 2, Folder 9

"Certains"; excerpted from Art et Critique; Fénéon. 14 December 1889.

1 leaf with last two paragraphs pasted onto verso.
Box 2, Folder 10

"Salons d'Art"; excerpted from La Revue Générale; Arnold Goffin; Quarante et unième année, No. 3; Bruxelles; 333-363. September 1905.

In original paper cover.
Box 1, Folder 11

"Une Tentation de St Antoine de Félicen Rops"; excerpted from La Revue Indépendante; Camille Lemonnier; Paris; 125–131. 1884.

Box 2, Folder 12

"Félicien Rops"; excerpted from La Belgique Artistique et littéraire; by Camille Lemonnier; 133-143. November 1908.

Date according to handwritten annotation. Paper cover, handwritten title.
Box 2, Folder 13

“La retrospective de l’art belge au Salon d’automne”; Henry Marcel; 647-660. No date.

Box 2, Folder 14

“Chronique Bruxelloise”; excerpted from La Revue Indépendante; Octave Maus; n.d.; 19-23. No date.

Article discusses the Salon des XX.
Box 2, Folder 15

"Esquisses Littéraires : Eugène Fromentin Ecrivain"; excerpted from Revue des Deux Mondes; by Emile Montégut; 673-691. No date.

Box 2, Folder 16

"Les Maîtres Contemporains par Joséphin Péladan – FÉLICIEN ROPS (Première étude)"; excerpted from La Jeune Belgique; Bruxelles; 19 pages. 1885.

With two loose clippings, an image of Rops and a portrait of Péladan. 25 cm.
Box 2, Folder 17

"Félicien Rops : l’oeuvre et l’homme par J. Péladan : Extrait de la Revue de Paris, 15 juillet 1904"; excerpted from La Revue de Paris; J. Péladan; Paris; 303-333. 15 July 1904.

Blank paper cover, handwritten title page. 25 cm.
Box 2, Folder 18

"Félicien Rops Illustrateur"; excerpted from Revue Biblio-iconographique; Erasthène Ramiro; 6e Année, 3e Série; Paris; 53-63. 1889.

Inscribed by "F.E. Tallouz" [sp.]. With original paper cover.
Box 2, Folder 19

"Félicien Rops"; excerpted from Mercure de France; Paris; Hugues Rebell; 647-662. December 1898.

Article begins on p. 650. Two copies of article, one with handwritten annotation "F. Rops par Hugues Rebell." With duplicated pages 657-8, and one index leaf (p. 859-860).
Box 2, Folder 20

"Le Bassoniste"; excerpted from L'Artiste; by Félicien Rops; 365-368. No date.

Box 2, Folder 21

"Lettres de Félicien Rops"; excerpt from La Plume; n.d.; 491-494. No date.

Box 2, Folder 22

"De Stevens et Quibusdam Aliis"; excerpted from Mercure de France; Paris, 16 – iv – 1908; letter from F. Rops to “Mon cher Théo”; 651–660. 16 April 1908.

Box 2, Folder 23

“Félicien Rops : Lettres à une femme"; excerpted from La Vogue; Paris, No. 4; 1–11. April 1899.

Original printed cover and title page.
Box 2, Folder 24

"Félicien Rops et le Bourgeois"; excerpted from L’Idée libre : littéraire, artistique, sociale; Maurice Saey; Bruxelles; Tome III, 2e année, No. 5; 301-318. 15 May 1902.

Article reproduces a letter from Rops to Charles de Coster and mentions Gavigny, Alfred Delvau, Poulet-Malassis (publisher), Baudelaire. In original paper wrapper; brittle.
Box 2, Folder 25

"Chronique Bruxelloise : L’Exposition des XX a Bruxelles (1) 1888; excerpted from La Revue Indépendante; Emile Verhaeren; No. 17 (tome VI), n.d.; 454–462. 1888.

Preservation photocopied. Original in Box 1, Folder 5.
Box 2, Folder 26

“L’Exposition des XX”; excerpted from L’Artiste; by Max Waller; 161-164. March 1886.

Box 2, Folder 27

"Le Salon des XX par Max Waller"; excerpted from L’Artiste; Max Waller; Bruxelles; 173-179. 1888.

Blank paper cover, handwritten title page. 26 cm.
Box 2, Folder 28

[Newspaper clipping] "Journal des Revues: Lettres de Rops"; from Le petit bleu, [date per annotation]. 12 June 1904.

Clipping concerns the publication of letters from Rops in “La Belgique Contemporaine (no. 3 Juin 1904), and reprints two of his letters.

Preservation photocopied. Original in Box 1, Folder 5.
Box 2, Folder 28

[Newspaper clipping] "Lettres de Fély"; Journal – dimanche 17 octobre [per annotation, no year given]. No date.

Preservation photocopied. Original in Box 1, Folder 5.
Box 2, Folder 28

[Sales catalogue clipping, n.d.] No date.

Preservation photocopied. Original in Box 1, Folder 5.
Box 2, Folder 28

[Newspaper clipping] "Sur la tombe de Félicien Rops"; Paris Journal, [date per annotation]. 14 September 1911.

Preservation photocopied. Original in Box 1, Folder 5.
Box 2, Folder 28

[Newspaper clipping] "Une lettre de Rops"; excerpted from Les Entretiens Idéalistes; n.d.; 1-2. No date.

Printing of “Une lettre de Rops” dated 18 February 1888, discussing art critic Paul Leprieur. 1 leaf.

Preservation photocopied. Original in Box 1, Folder 5.
Box 2, Folder 28

[Newspaper clipping] "Le sang et les roses"; excerpted from Comedia, [title and date per annotation]. 24 October 1911.

Preservation photocopied. Original in Box 1, Folder 5.
Box 2, Folder 28

[Newspaper clippings] Three clippings, including obituaries/eulogies, most undated, one from 1911. 1911, no date.

Preservation photocopied. Original in Box 1, Folder 5.
Box 2, Folder 28

[Newspaper clipping] "La Semaine Artistique: Un point de vue sur Rops"; pub. unk.; Arsène Alexandre; n.d. No date.

Preservation photocopied. Original in Box 1, Folder 5.
Box 2, Folder 28

[Newspaper clipping] "La musique dans l'oeuvre de Félicien Rops"; from L'Echo de Paris Littéraire Illustré; n.d. No date.

Preservation photocopied. Original in Box 1, Folder 5.
Box 2, Folder 29

[Leaf] Reproduction of a photograph[?] of Rops, n.d. No date.

Box 2, Folder 29

[Postcard] Reproduction of "Etude" by Rops. No date.

Box 2, Folder 29

[Leaf] Mercure de France; 327-328. 15 January 1905.

Box 2, Folder 29

[Advertisement] Advertisement for "Supplément au catalogue de l’oeuvre gravé de Félicien Rops par Erastène Ramiro." 1895.

27 cm. 4 pages. Illustrations.
Box 2, Folder 29

[Advertisement] Advertisement for "Catalogue descriptif et analytique de l'oeuvre gravé de Félicien Rops, précédé d'une notice biographique et critique." 2 copies. 1894.

Handwritten annotations on each of the two leaves: "no 42 - 20 Octobre 1894" and "no 47 - 24 Nov. 1894".
Box 2, Folder 29

[Note] Handwritten note, n.d.; unknown. No date.

Box 2, Folder 29

[Plate] Black and white illustration by Rops, "Theâtre Gaillard". No date.

Single leaf.
Box 1, Folder 4

"Frontispice"; poem excerpted from La Revue Indépendante [per annotation]; Rodolphe Darzens; Paris, No 29, [date per annotation]. March 1889.

With one leaf (four pages including title) of "La Revue Indépendante" numbers 66, 67, 68, April - June 1892.
Box 1, Folder 4

[Advertisement] Brochure advertising "Etudes sur quelques artistes originaux: Félicien Rops" by Camille Lemonnier. 2 copies. No date.

Box 1, Folder 4

[Advertisement] Prospectus for La Vie Élégante, a monthly magazine. 1882.

Box 1, Folder 4

[Newspaper clipping] Notice of sale of rights (droits d'auteur) to Rops’ work. From La Metropole, Anvers [per annotation; date per annotation]. 7 April 1899.

Printed notice and small clipping glued to speckled grey cardstock.
Box 4, Folder 12

[Leaf] L’Art Moderne; n.d.; 67-68. No date.

Publication of a letter by Rops dated 17 February 1887.
Box 4, Folder 12

[Leaf] "L'Infame Fély"; excerpted from L'Art Moderne; Edmond Picard; 338. 24 October 1886.

Box 4, Folder 12

[Leaf] Reproduction of Rops drawing,"L'experte en dentelle"; La Vie Moderne; [Date per annotation]. 1880.

Box 2, Folder 29

Reproduction of a work by Rops. 5" x 7", mounted on heavy card. No date.

Image mounted on card stock. 18 cm.

Auction Catalogues. 1900-1913

Arrangement note

The titles of items in this series are formulated as follows: title of catalogue with collection name. location; date; name of commissaires-priseurs; name of expert. The catalogues are then arranged chronologically.
Box 4, Folder 1

Collection BING - Catalogue de tableaux modernes - oeuvres de Besnard -- Cottet -- Thaulow, Brangwyn, Maurice Deis, Duezz, Ibels, Johanson, Le Sidaner, Henri Martin, Osbert, Ten Cate, Vallotton. -– Angrand, Cavallo Peduzzi, Conder, Couturier, Georges de Feure, Degouve de Nuneques, Forain, H. Geurard, Jules Jacquemard, Leheutre, Maxime Maufra, Mellerie, René Ménard, Nonell, Charles Pepper, Rippl Ronai, Shannon, Paul Signac, Vincent Van Gogh. –- Jeanniot, Maurin, Rops, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Rysselbergh. Hotel Drouot; Georges Duchesne; Bernheim Jeune & Fils. 17 May 1900.

Includes an essay on Rops by J-K Huysmanns, pp. 94-5.
Box 5, Folder 1

Collection L.S. de M. - Oeuvres de Félicien Rops - Dessins - Eaux-Fortes - Lithographies - Estampes Modernes - Par Buhot, Charpentier, Chahine, Delatre, Lepère et Waltner; Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, rue Drouot, No.9; Maurice Delestre; Edmond Sagot. 30 May 1903.

Box 5, Folder 1

Supplement au Catalogue de la Collection L.S. de M. - Oeuvres de Félicien Rops - Dessins - Eaux-Fortes - Lithographies - Estampes Modernes - Par Buhot, Charpentier, Chahine, Delatre, Lepère et Waltner; Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, rue Drouot, No.9; Maurice Delestre; Edmond Sagot. 30 May 1903.

Box 5, Folder 2

Catalogue d'une Intéressante Collection d'oeuvres de Félicien Rops. Hotel Drouot; Maurice Delestre; Loys Delteil. 2 copies. 30 November 1903.

Box 5, Folder 3

Estampes Anciennes du XVIIIe siècle en noir et en couleurs par ou d'après : Alix, Aubry, Baudoin [...] Aquarelles et Dessisn, par Félicien Rops; Hotel Drouot; Maurice Delestre; Paulme et Lasquin Fils. 7 March 1904.

Box 5, Folder 3

Collection Alfred Barrion - Oeuvres de Félicien Rops - Dessins, Eaux-Fortes -- Lithographies; Hotel Drouot; Maurice Delestre; Edmond Sagot. 24 May 1904.

Box 5, Folder 3

Oeuvres de Félicien Rops (No. 157); Hotel Drouot; André Desvouges; Loys Delteil. 4 May 1908.

Includes some handwritten price annotations.
Box 5, Folder 4

Collection de M. Octave Uzanne - Peintures -- Dessins - Estampes (No. 161); Hotel Drouot; André Desvouges; Loys Delteil. 30 May 1908.

Includes some handwritten price annotations.
Box 5, Folder 4

Estampes Modernes - Oeuvres de Barye, Bracquemond, Buhot, Corot, Daumier, Fantin-Latour, Haden, Hervier, Jongkind, Manet, Meryon, Millet, Raffet, Renouard, Rops, Whistler, Zorn, etc., etc. (No. 164); Hotel Drouot; André Desvouges; Loys Delteil. 2 copies. 4 November 1908.

One of the two copies contains handwritten price annotations.
Box 5, Folder 5

Catalogue de la bibliothèque de feu le Marquis E. Salvert Bellenave [...] Quatrième Partie -- Oeuvre gravé de Félicien Rops (No. 198); Hotel Drouot; André Desvouges; A. Durel, Loys Delteil. 2 copies. 23 December 1909.

Both copies have some handwritten price annotations.
Box 5, Folder 6

Catalogue des livres anciens et modernes - Dessins et estampes - provenant des collections de feu M. Ch. Roger, de Verviers, et de M. L*****, bibliophile bruxellois - (2e Partie); E. Deman, Libraire, Bruxelles. 25 - 27 January 1910.

Includes blank purchase slip for the shop of M. E. Deman, Libraire-Expert.
Box 5, Folder 7

Dessins anciens et modernes - peintures (No. 214); Hotel Drouot; André Desvouges; Loys Delteil. 1 June 1910.

Catalog is incomplete.
Box 5, Folder 7

Collection de M. Edmond Haraucourt - Oeuvre gravé de Félicien Rops (No. 258); Hotel Drouot; Lair-Dubreuil; Loys Delteil. 16 February 1912.

Box 5, Folder 8

Collection de feu M. Mars (Mce Bonvoisin) - Oeuvre de Félicien Rops (Gravures, Dessins, Autographes, Livres) - Estampes et Dessins Modernes de Gavarni, Israles, L. Legrand, H. Monnier, etc. - Dessins originaux de Mars; André Desvouges, Georges Albinet; Leo Delteil. 2 copies. 17 May 1913.

One of the two copies contains handwritten price annotations.
Box 5, Folder 8

Félicien Rops / Graphische / Seltenheiten - mit einer Einleitung von Professor Dr. Hans W. Singer; Buch und Kunstantiquariat Oskar Rauthe, Dresden. n.d.


Complete Journals. Bulk, 1890-1898 ; Inclusive, 1889-1911

Box 4, Folder 2

L’Art; Paris; 26e année, Tome V, 3e série, No. 797. March 1906.

Box 4, Folder 3

L’Art Décoratif; Paris; 7e année, No. 83. August 1905.

Includes article "Félicien Rops" by Charles Saunier, with 10 illustrations.
Box 3, Folder 1

L‘Art & l’Idée : Revue contemporaine du dilettantisme littéraire et de la curiosité; Paris; No. 3. 20 March 1892.

Includes "De quelques plaisants croquis faits en la prime manière de maître Félicien Rops" by Octave Uzanne. Rops’ heliogravure in colors “L’Amour à Travers les Ages" (in LACMA collection, M.83.326.25). 26 cm.
Box 4, Folder 4

La Belgique; Paris; No. 203. 24 July 1897.

Box 4, Folder 5

Caprice Revue; Deuxième Année, no. 53; n.d.

2 copies, 47 cm. folded to 23 x 30 cm.
Box 4, Folder 6

Félicien Rops et quelques aspects de son oeuvre: par Camille Mauclair, J. Péladan, J.-K. Huysmans, E. Ramiro, O. Mirbeau et F. Rops ; Paris, Bruxelles. 1890.

Special limited edition brochure, numbered 54/100, 8 pages, 33 cm.
Box 3, Folder 2

Les Hommes d’Aujourd’hui: Joséphin Péladan; 8e volume, No. 369. Circa 1890.

With cover illustration, caricature of Péladan, by Alfred Le Petit. 30 cm folded to 15 cm.
Box 3, Folder 3

L’Idée Libre : Littéraire, Artistique, Sociale; Bruxelles, Tome III, 2me Année, No. 5. 15 May 1902.

Includes "Le Sang et Les Roses" by Camille Lemonnier. 28 cm.
Box 3, Folder 4

L’Idée Libre : Littéraire, Artistique, Sociale; Bruxelles, Tome V, 3me Année, No. 1. 15 January 1903.

Box 3, Folder 5

Impressions d’Art : Études – Critiques - Transpositions; by Eugène Demolder, Bruxelles. December 1889.

135 pages, with table of contents. In paper wrapper. 26 cm.
Box 3, Folder 6

Pan : Revue Libre; 3e Année, No. 7. July-August 1910.

Includes article by Jean deRoig, "Rops dans son Oeuvre." 25 cm.
Box 3, Folder 7

Pan : Revue Libre; 3e Année, No. 10. October-November 1910.

Includes "Lettres inédites" by Félicien Rops.
Box 3, Folder 8

La Plume; no. 172; 388-514 + I – XVI. 15 June 1896.

Special issue on Félicien Rops. With related clippings.
Box 4, Folder 7

La Revue des Beaux Arts; Paris; No. 213, 3e série. 17 December 1911.

Cover article devoted to Rops by Maurice Hamel. With 2 small clippings taped to front cover.
Box 4, Folder 8

La Revue des Beaux Arts & des Lettres. 15 September 1898.

Box 4, Folder 9

Revue encyclopédique Larousse; Paris. 12 November 1898.

Includes 14 engravings by Félicien Rops; same text as in "Félicien Rops et quelques aspects de son oeuvre" by Camille Mauclair and others); 33 cm.
Box 4, Folder 10

Revue Populaire des Beaux-Arts; Paris; 2e année, No. 47, Tome II. 10 September 1898.

Box 4, Folder 11

La Vie Populaire. 17 sept 1891.


Booksellers' Bulletins. 1894-1908

Arrangement note

The bulletins are arranged chronologically.
Box 5, Folder 10

Catalogue Mensuel - 1re Partie - Gustave Pellet - Libraire Éditeur de Gravures. 5e Année, No. 15. May 1894.

Box 5, Folder 10

Aux Arts Réunis - Librairie Mathias & Cie - Catalogue Mensuel de Livres rares et Curieux. No. 166. July 1902.

Box 5, Folder 10

Bulletin Mensuel de Bibliophilie Publié par la Librairie Ch. Bosse -- Nouvelle Série -- No. 53. December 1904.

Box 5, Folder 11

Librairie Lecampion - A. Blaizot Successeur - Catalogue Mensuel de Beaux Livres Modernes. No. 101. January 1905.

Box 5, Folder 11

Librairie A. Blaizot - Catalogue de Livres Anciens et Modernes. No. 112. January 1906.

Box 5, Folder 11

Librairie J. Chevrel - Catalogue de Livres Anciens & Modernes - Rares ou curieux, Estampes - En vente aux Prix marqués. No. 48. 1908.

Box 5, Folder 11

Catalogue des Planches Hors Texte publiées dans "L'Artiste" de 1867 à 1901. Paris, Jean Schemit, Libraire de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français. 1908.

Box 5, Folder 9

Twenty-three leaves from various sales catalogues, n.d.


Bound materials and books.

Arrangement note

The bound volumes and books are catalogued separately and housed in Special Collections. Please see Librarian for more information.

[Book, n.d.] Les Bas-fonds de la société. Henry Monnier, Edition Minuscule tirée en 64 exemplaires. 1495.L36 2010 Circa 18[79?]

Scope and Contents note

With eight pasted-in pen & ink drawings by F. R. [Rops]. Bound w/mss letter from J. Gay [publisher/editor J.J. Gay] discussing payment and billing for this book and others, Paris, 19 janvier [18]64. Two newspaper clippings about the book are also enclosed.

[Bound volume] Trois Artistes Etrangers. Hugues Rebell. 1901.

Scope and Contents note

With several loose items tucked in – printed portait of Hugues Rebell, two copies of printed advertisment for “Trois Artistes Etrangers,” mss. note from author.
Bound with items: 1) article on Rops from Mercure de France, Dec. 1898, pp. 650-661; 2) Section of “Trois Artistes Etranges” on Rops [p. 100] – 242. Includes publication of some of Rops’ correspondance.

[Bound volume] "Catalogue de l’Oeuvre de Rops - Le Bibliophile belge. Bulletin mensuel. Quatorzième année." BRUXELLES. CHEZ FR. J. OLIVIER, LIBRAIRE. 11, Rue des Paroissiens. MDCCCLXXIX. 1879

Scope and Contents note

Section on Rops, 79-167.

[Bound volume] "Félicien Rops - l'oeuvre et l'homme by Péladan." From La Revue de Paris. 1904?

Scope and Contents note

Two copies of Péladan’s article on Rops published in La Revue de Paris, July 15 [1904]* pp. 303-353. Mentions frontispiece to "Le Bas fonds de la Société" on page 318. Includes loose items: portrait of Péladanand autograph letter from Péladan to unnamed man: « Votre imprimeur qui avait sûrement mené la composition ne m'en a rien envoyé d’après une grande semaine comme mise en pages. Je suis un peu inquiet et vous prie d ‘y penser. Bien à vous, Péladan. »
*"Josephin Péladan:1858-1918." Beaufils, Christophe. Editions Jérôme Millon, 1993. 479.

[Bound volume] "Quelques plaisants croquis de Félicien Rops," by Octave Uzanne, from L'Art et l'Idée, Paris, 20 mars 1892. 162-175. 1892


[Book] Felicien Rops : numéro special; Gustave Kahn. Librairie Internationale, Paris. No date.

Scope and Contents note

Title page states: "18 dessins sur papier mat de grand luxe, 28 illustrations teintées, 1 gravure et trois planches en quatre couleurs / 18 drawings on deluxe matte paper, 28 colored illustrations, 1 engraving in three plates and four colors."

[Bound volume] L'Uylenspiegel, No. 1 through 52, 5 February 1856 - 18 January 1857.