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Rembrandt Harmensz van. Rijn

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Rembrandt Harmensz van. Rijn

The golf player (B., Holl. 125; H. 272)

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Rembrandt Harmensz van. Rijn The golf player (B., Holl. 125; H. 272) etching, 1654, watermark Foolscap with a seven-pointed Collar (cf. A. & F. p. 117, C.c.), a very good impression of the first state (of two), the shadowed area at right printing well, without wear, with sharp, square plate corners, with narrow margins (slightly wider at left and right), a short pen and ink stroke in the margin at lower right, generally in very good condition (FPR 41) P. 95 x 144 mm., S. 97 x 153 mm.
Provenance
University Library, Cambridge (L. 2475); presumably one of the duplicates sold at Sotheby's, London, 2 April, 1878, cited in Lugt under reference 932: Cette vente se distinguait par un oeuvre exceptionnel de Rembrandt.
Sotheby's London, 2 December 1993, lot 114
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Lot Essay

The scene is probably set in a country inn, with a young man in the foreground, absorbed in his thoughts. Behind we see a man involved in the game, and a pair in conversation. Rembrandt has left aspects of this sketch plate undefined, leading some commentators to see it as an assemblage of three separate studies.

Although the title refers to golf the sport depicted is actually a form of indoor croquet called Beugelen, which involves a spade-like scoop. It was a popular pastime in 16th and 17th century Holland.
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