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    Sale 11965

    Fifty Prints by Rembrandt van Rijn A Private English Collection

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 19

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    The Angel departing from the Family of Tobias

    Price Realised  


    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    The Angel departing from the Family of Tobias
    etching and drypoint, 1641, on laid paper, without watermark, a fine impression of New Hollstein's second state (of eight), trimmed to or just outside the platemark, in very good condition
    Plate & Sheet 105 x 156 mm.

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    This particular moment in the story of Tobit presents a challenge for the artist choosing to depict it: as the angel Raphael reveals himself to the father and his son Tobias, they both bow their heads to the ground in fear. When they look up again, the Angel has disappeared. He is there one moment and gone the next. Inventively, Rembrandt only shows the soles of the feet of the Angel as he disappears out of the picture plane in a blaze of light. This fine impression of the second state perfectly captures this light effect, which is lost in later impressions, as well as the variety of sentiments of those present at this scene: humility in the figure of Tobias, gratitude in the figure of Tobit, and curiosity and startled amazement in the onlookers. 


    With Colnaghi, London.
    Acquired from the above, 28 February 1962 (£65).


    Bartsch, Hollstein 43; Hind 185; New Hollstein 189 (II/8).