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    Sale 11965

    Fifty Prints by Rembrandt van Rijn A Private English Collection

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 34

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    The Flight into Egypt: altered from Seghers

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    The Flight into Egypt: altered from Seghers
    etching, engraving and drypoint, circa 1653, on laid paper, watermark Arms of London (Hinterding A-a-a), a fine impression of this rare and unusual print, New Hollstein's fifth state (of six), with narrow to thread margins, trimmed fractionally inside the platemark in places below, in very good condition
    Plate 214 x 281 mm., Sheet 218 x 286 mm.

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    This remarkable print is the only incident in his printed oeuvre of Rembrandt re-using or altering a printing plate by another artist. Whether intended as a homage to the older artist or out of sheer artistic curiosity, Rembrandt here used the copperplate of a print depicting Tobias and the Angel by Hercules Seghers (circa 1589- circa 1638) to create what is without a doubt his most unusual print. By burnishing out the original figures and replacing them with the Holy Family on the flight into Egypt, yet leaving the intricately worked landscape by Seghers relatively untouched, Rembrandt created a fascinating dialogue of two generations and very different artistic sensibilities within a single cohesive work. The Flight into Egypt: altered from Seghers not only highlights Rembrandts skill and vision as a printmaker, but also his interest in the works of other artists and his playful urge to experiment.


    Sotheby's, London, 23 March 1965, lot 136 (to Colnaghi).
    With Colnaghi, London (with their stock number C. 33855 in pencil on the mount).
    Acquired from the above, 3 June 1966 (£450).


    Bartsch, Hollstein 56; Hind 266; New Hollstein 271 (V/6).