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    Sale 11965

    Fifty Prints by Rembrandt van Rijn A Private English Collection

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 7

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    The Good Samaritan

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    The Good Samaritan
    etching, engraving and drypoint, 1633, on laid paper, watermark Arms of Burgundy and Austria (Hinterding A-a-b), a good impression of New Hollstein's first state (of four), trimmed inside the platemark but retaining a fillet of blank paper outside the borderline on all sides, the blank text border below trimmed off, otherwise in very good condition
    Image & Sheet 243 x 205 mm.


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    Close inspection of first state-impressions of this print, including the present one, reveal that certain areas of shading, mainly on the forehead of the horse and on the back and legs of the groom, did not etch properly at first and printed weakly. Rembrandt corrected this in the subsequent state by re-etching the plate with additional shading in these and other areas. According to New Hollstein, these changes and darkening of the horse’s tail were done simultaneously in the second state. However, the Cracherode impression in the British Museum, assumed to be of the first state, is in fact an impression of an undescribed intermediate state between the first and the second state: with the additional shading, but before the horse’s tail is filled in. The other early impression in the British Museum, from the collection of Pierre Mariette and the Earl of Aylesford (1848,0911.46), is indeed of the first state before the additional shading. The present impression appears to be a little earlier or more carefully inked, as it prints more strongly in particular on the back of the groom.

    Provenance

    Earl of Northwick (1770-1859), Northwick Park and Cheltenham (Lugt 2709a); his sale, C. G. Boerner, Leipzig, 22-24 May 1933, lot 604, described as 'Brillant, im ersten Zustand, mit dem weissen Pferdeschweif'.
    With Colnaghi, London (their stock number C. 33334 in pencil verso); bought from R. G. Michel, 06 July 1964.
    Acquired from the above, 26 February 1965 (£680, with lot 15 and lot 33).


    Literature

    Bartsch, Hollstein 90; Hind 101; New Hollstein 116 (I/4).