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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Jan Lutma, Goldsmith
etching, engraving and drypoint, 1656, on Japan paper, a fine, atmospheric impression of New Hollstein's second/third state (of five), printing with much burr and a light tone, with circa 8 mm. margins on all sides, an unobtrusive tear in the upper margin at centre, tiny paper losses at the tips of the upper corners, otherwise in good condition
Plate 199 x 147 mm., Sheet 215 x 165 mm.
Provenance
The Carlyon Family, Tregrehan House, Cornwall.
With Colnaghi, London (their stock number R. 638 in pencil verso); bought from the above in 1958.
Acquired from the above, 27 November 1959 (£200).
Literature
Bartsch, Hollstein 276; Hind 290; New Hollstein 293 (II-III/5).

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According to New Hollstein, the second and third states are distinguished by the addition of the barely legible inscription F. Lutma Ex. in the densely worked area at lower right. It seems however that the inscription above the table identifying the sitter, which appears in the second state, and the one underneath the table were added at the same time and that the two states are in fact identical.
What we do know with certainty is that François Lutma's address under the table had been added in Rembrandt's lifetime, since the artist outlived François by five years.

The present impression is similar in quality to both second state-impressions in the British Museum; the Cracherode impression on oatmeal and the Slade impression on Japan paper.

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