Rembrandt Van Rijn, Etching: Old Man with a Beard, Fur Cap and Velvet Cloak

Rembrandt Van Rijn, Etching: Old Man with a Beard, Fur Cap and Velvet Cloak

Description: An original Rembrandt Van Rijn Etching.
Original etching and engraving printed in black ink on wove paper.
Signed in the plate with the artist’s monogram left center RHL.f
A strong, dark 19th century impression of Bartsch, Usticke and New Hollstein’s third state of three, Biorklund-Barnard’s fourth and final state. printed after the addition of the diagonal shading to the right forehead and cheek.
Catalog: Bartsch 262 iii/iii; Hind 92; Biorklund-Barnard 32-2 iv/iv; Usticke 262 iii/iii; New Hollstein 92 iii/iii.
Size: 5 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches

In Charles Henry Middletons catalogue of Rembrandt’s etchings of 1878, he observed that this etching seemed to be the pendant of “The Artist’s Mother Seated at a Table” (Bartsch 343).  He based this assumption on their similarities in size, technique and signature, and speculated that the man might be Rembrandt’s father, adding, however, that the costume was more reminiscent of a rabbi than a “quiet burgher.”  The etching is usually dated around 1632, but as we know that the artist’s father died in 1630, the face we see is probably not his (unless, of course, it was a posthumously produced portrait).  The same model appears in several other prints and paintings but has not been firmly identified.  Even so, there is much to be said for Middleton’s idea that the etching is a counterpart to “The Artist’s Mother Seated at a Table.” 
Dimensions: Image Size: 5 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches
Artist or Maker: Rembrandt Van Rijn
Medium: Etching
Date: 1632
Condition Report: Trimmed on or just inside the platemark all around, otherwise in excellent condition.
Exhibited: Collections in which impressions of this state of this etching can be found: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Szépmüvészéti Museum; Budapest; Fotzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, The British Museum, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Yale University Library, New Haven; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; New York Public Library, Phildelphia Museum of Art; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
Literature: Erik Hinterding/Ger Luijten/Martin Royalton-Kish, Rembrandt the Printmaker, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago & London, 2000, no. 15, p. 114 (ill.); Erik Hinterding, Rembrandt Etchings from the Frits Lugt Collection, Thoth Publishers, Bussum, 2008, no. 191, vol. II p. 214 (ill.).
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