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    Sale 11965

    Fifty Prints by Rembrandt van Rijn A Private English Collection

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 35

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    The Flight into Egypt: crossing a Brook

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    The Flight into Egypt: crossing a Brook
    etching with engraving, drypoint and open-bite, 1654, on laid paper, watermark Foolscap with seven-pointed Collar (similar to Hinterding K-a-c), a very fine impression of New Hollstein's only state, the watery open-bite below printing very strongly, with narrow margins, in very good condition
    Plate 93 x 144 mm., Sheet 95 x 146 mm.

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    One of a total of eight prints on the theme of the Flight into Egypt or the Rest on the Flight, all of which differ greatly in style, composition and format, the present version once again showcases Rembrandt’s willingness to experiment and his success in adapting to different challenges. By loosely applying acid directly onto the plate, a technique called open-bite, Rembrandt created a visual effect which perfectly imitates the fluid nature of the water of the brook at the lower edge of the plate.

    The present impression compares well with the Cracherode impression in the British Museum.


    Martin Folkes (1690-1754), London, his stamp recto (Lugt 1034); presumably his sale, Langford, London, 17 January 1756 and seven following days.
    With Colnaghi, London.
    Acquired from the above, 25 October 1966 (£380).


    Bartsch, Hollstein 55; Hind 276; New Hollstein 277 (only state).