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    Sale 11965

    Fifty Prints by Rembrandt van Rijn A Private English Collection

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 49

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    A Woman bathing her Feet at a Brook

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    Estimate

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    A Woman bathing her Feet at a Brook
    etching with drypoint, 1658, on 18th century laid paper, without watermark, a good, strong impression of New Hollstein's second, final state, with thread margins or trimmed on the platemark, some staining mainly visible verso, otherwise in good condition
    Plate 158 x 78 mm., Sheet 161 x 80 mm.


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    One of the most charming and attractive depictions of a female nude in Rembrandt’s printed oeuvre, this print shows a woman seated in a secluded natural setting, as she calmly and seemingly unobserved, bathes her feet in a brook. Lifetime impressions of this print are very rare. The plate however was strongly etched and continued to print so pleasingly and with great contrasts that later impressions such as the present one were frequently considered early, until paper research revealed that most were printed in the early 18th century.

    Provenance

    With Colnaghi, London.
    Acquired from the above, 28 February 1962 (£55).


    Literature

    Bartsch, Hollstein 200; Hind 298; New Hollstein 309 (II/2).