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    Sale 7534

    Old Master Prints

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 222

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    The Good Samaritan (B., Holl. 90; H. 101)

    Price Realised  


    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    The Good Samaritan (B., Holl. 90; H. 101)
    etching with engraving, 1633, a fine impression of the rare first state (of four), before the additional shading to the horse's tail and elsewhere, watermark Arms of Burgundy and Austria (cf. Hinterding A-a-a, dated 1632), trimmed just within the image above and below, with two small thin patches and associated minor paper losses at the upper right, a flattened central horizontal crease, a repaired tear at the right sheet edge, the upper right corner replaced and the tips of the upper left and lower right corners re-attached, lesser defects, laid on a thin support
    S. 238 x 196 mm.

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    This large, early etching is almost certainly based on one of the same subject by Van de Velde, and Rembrandt clearly enjoyed depicting a wealth of intricate detail: 'The story takes place before a crumbling house with a well. The forecourt is very real, and has been described by the artist with loving care. Every crack in the brickwork is recorded with a passionate accuracy that would meet the approval of the most pedantic surveyor.' (C. White, Rembrandt as an Etcher, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, p. 214).

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    G. Eissler (L. 805).