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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

A beggar with a wooden leg (B., Holl. 179; H. 12)

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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn A beggar with a wooden leg (B., Holl. 179; H. 12) etching, circa 1630, second (final) state, a good impression, with narrow to thread margins, in excellent condition (FPR 69) P., S. 112 x 66 mm.
Provenance
Christie's, London, 30 November 1993, lot 175
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Lot Essay

Whilst Rembrandt's studies of beggars are generally free from the caricatural aspects of his contemporaries, he did not fall into the opposite trap of over-romanticising them. Here he depicts a beggar pretending to be a cripple by tying one leg behind him. In the inventory of Clement de Jonghe of 1679 the print appears under the title of Capteijn eenbeen (Captain One-leg), perhaps the name of a real-life denizen of the Amsterdam streets.
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