In 1645 Rembrandt etched three plates in a rather unusual fashion, very light and in the manner of a silverpoint drawing rather than an etching. Early cataloguers of his etchings ascribed this very pale appearance to a technical error, believing that he had been too quick to remove the plate from the acid bath. However, as he had produced over two hundred prints by this time, it is highly unlikely that he would have committed such a basic error. In these years he was preoccupied with this particular scene in painting, drawing as well as etching. Unlike his etching of the same subject set at night (lot 178) the scene here is far more relaxed. The figures look for all the world like a family enjoying a picnic rather than one fleeing from persecution.