5 July 2016,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 7,500
Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Christ seated disputing with the Doctors
etching possibly with touches of drypoint, 1654, on laid paper, without watermark, a good but slightly later impression of New Hollstein's only state, with thread margins, in very good condition
Plate 95 x 143 mm., Sheet 96 x 145 mm.
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The present lot belongs to a probably never completed series of small etchings depicting scenes from the childhood and youth of Christ, dating from 1654, that also includes The Flight into Egypt: crossing a Brook (lot 35), Christ returning from the Temple with His Parents (lot 36),The Holy Family with the Cat and the Snake (lot 37) and The Adoration of the Shepherds with the Lamp (lot 38). Here the twelve year-old Jesus amazes and enthrals the doctors and scribes in the Temple with his knowledge and eloquence.
With Colnaghi, London (their stock number C. 34361 in pencil verso); bought from E. Hilton, 30 December 1965.
Acquired from the above, 25 October 1966 (£120).
Bartsch, Hollstein 64; Hind 277; New Hollstein 281 (only state).
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