Rembrandt - Male nude, seated and standing (Het Rolwagentje)
Rembrandt - Male nude, seated and standing (Het Rolwagentje)
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
(Leiden 1606-1669 Amsterdam)

“Male Nude, seated and standing ( Het Rolwagentje)”, circa 1646

Etching: 194 x 128 mm

watermark: possibly small cup.


In the foreground we see two studies of the same young man: standing and sitting. In the background of a typical Dutch kitchen with an open fireplace, very lightly etched,  we see a woman teaching a child to walk with the aid of a baby walker.

This print can be seen as a metaphorical exhortation to ‘keep trying’: the child must learn to walk and the artist must practise constantly to master his art.

It is very rare to have two independent different subjects, except in study-sheets. In 1646, Rembrandt executed three studies of young males only wearing a loin cloth (White-Boon 193/194/196).

It could well be that the part with woman and child were in fact Geertje Dircks and his than 1,5 years old son Titus at home, etched as early as 1643. A few years later the study of two young boys could have been added onto this very plate.


  • H. Danby Seymour 1820-1877 (Lugt 176)
  • John Barnard died 1784 (Lugt 1419)
  • George Hibbert 1757-1837 (Lugt 2849)
  • Paquale Iannetti, San Fransisco, 2006
  • Private collection, USA
  • Douwes Fine Art, Amsterdam


Bartsch 194; Hind 222;

‘The New Hollstein, 2013, no. 233, fifth state (of VIII) , possibly by Claude-Henri Watelet, before the horizontals added to the lower part of the mount above the lower part of his outstretched leg; with vertical lines added to the blank patch on the seated model’s right shoulder.

Plate in existence – with Nowell-Usticke (1967): C1


A well balanced and delicate early 18th century impression, complete with good margins

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