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A descriptive catalogue of the etched work of Rembrandt van Rhyn

A descriptive catalogue of the etched work of Rembrandt van Rhyn

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 Excerpt: ...the sale of Rembrandt's effects, but believe it to have been executed early in the year 1656. 173. Rembrandt On A High And Narrow Plate. (Rembrandt gravant une planche). This Study, for it is little more, bears some resemblance to Rembrandt drawing, No. 160. The attitude is much the same and the hands in a similar position.' He wears a soft cap with a feather passing across the front and projecting over his right temple; the eyes are only partly expressed; the features, while resembling those in Rembrandt drawing are of an older man; a few lines only indicate the dress and the table behind which he is seated; the background is darkly shaded at the top and sides to the level of the eyebrows. De Claussin describes the figure as 'seated in a chair/ but certainly no defined outlines of a chair can be detected. Low down, a little to the left, is very faintly engraved Rembrandt f. 1658, with some traces of what may have been his age at this date, but cannot now be deciphered. Dimensions: 4,7--2,5 ('120--'064). I first saw an impression of this print at Paris early in 1877, in the Collection of M. Eugene Dutuit. The owner kindly lent it for exhibition at the Burlington Fine Arts Club in the same year. It is on China paper, and is that which De Claussin described as in the Barnard Collection. A second impression was in the possession of M. Van der Kellen: his collection was dispersed in January of the present year. This print appeared Lot 1327, and is marked 'Pike douteuse.' We know that Bartsch rejected it. Wilson and M. Charles Blanc admit it, and I am convinced that they were right to do so. Wilson tells us that Basan copied it, and wrote underneath, Rembrandt gravant une planche. I have never seen this copy, nor do I know whether it now exists. See Bibl. VIII. ...