Jean-Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine (Misy-Fault-Yonne 1745-1830 Paris)
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Jean-Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine (Misy-Fault-Yonne 1745-1830 Paris)

The Polish Rider, after Rembrandt

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Jean-Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine (Misy-Fault-Yonne 1745-1830 Paris)
The Polish Rider, after Rembrandt
signed and dated 'NB [in monogram] 1803' and inscribed 'Litowszik Cavalerie kosaque dont Wladislas IV avait envoyé douze milles [...] Maximillien Dessiné par Norblin d'après un Tableau de Rembrandt qui etait a Stanislas roy de Pologne' (along the lower edge)
pencil, brown, pink and ochre wash
19 x 15¾ in. (48 x 40 cm.)
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Norblin executed this copy after Rembrandt's celebrated picture, now at the Frick Collection, New York, while the painting was in Warsaw in the Polish Royal Collection. It had been purchased by King Stanislas II in 1793. Norblin, who stayed in Poland between 1774 and 1804, was a great admirer of Rembrandt's and he produced many etchings inspired by the great Dutch artist. However in the present work, and as the inscription along the lower edge suggests, he seems to be more interested in the subject of the painting which was at the time supposed to represent a Cossack at the service of King Wladislaw IV of Poland (1595-1648).
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