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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
(Leiden 1606-1669 Amsterdam)

“The Ringball or Kolf Player” (‘Het Klosbaantje’), 1654

Etching
9,5 x 14,3 cm
with narrow margins, signed and dated lower left: ‘Rembrandt f. 1654’
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Notes

This print is closely related to the ones of the early life of Christ, etched in the same year, and of a similar size, using long straight hatching lines to model the figures and the background. In Rembrandt’s oeuvre, this is also one of the very rare subject-matters connected with sports and leisure time. 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.

Provenance

– Unidentified, initials fB in brown ink verso (not in Lugt).
– Dr Edward Peart (1756/58-1824), London and Butterwick (Lugt 891);
– Christie’s London, 1822, lot 77
– With William Benoni White (died circa 1878), London (see Lugt 2592; without his stamp);
– Christie’s London, 1879, lot 290
– Sir Byron Edmund Walker (1848-1924), Toronto.
– Bequeathed in 1926 to Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, inventory number 1471 (with their labels and deaccession stamp on the mount);
– Deaccessioned in 2021 to help fund the Museum
– Private collection, The Netherlands

Literature

Bartsch 125; Hind 272;
The New Hollstein Dutch 282: a good impression of the first state (of two),
Plate in existence – with Nowell-Usticke (1967): C1

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