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

“The Windmill”

etching, with good margins all around Bartsch 233; Seidlitz 233; Hind 179; White-Boon 233, only state
145 x 208 mm
signed and dated: Rembrandt f. 1641
More info

An excellent early impression with burr, especially on the lower left side of the plate and with strong accentuated dark spots in the sky and in particular on the left- and rightside of the mill. Above the mill, craquelure-lines can clearly be seen probably due to the cracking of the etching ground,  proof of an early impressions.

This etching is known in one state, drypoint has only been used for the signature.

Until well into the early 18th  century, this impression was known as ‘Catwijk op Rhijn, de geboorteplaats van Rembrandt’ (Katwijk on Rhine, the Birthplace of Rembrandt) because the artists early biographers reported that Rembrandt was the son of a miller.

But in 1915 Frits Lugt recognized the mill on “De Passeerder canal of Amsterdam”, taking in evidence a chalk drawing (Benesch 810) in which this mill and the outbuilding are depicted, even though depicted from the other side and from further away.

Plate not in existence – with Nowell-Usticke (1967): R-

Condition

a beatifully well-inked, strong and excellent 17th century impression

Provenance

From the Collection Dr. Friedrich A. Lieberg;

his sale at Kornfeld, Bern 1979 lotnr. 89;

Laurentius, Middelburg

(where also x-rayed for authentification of the paper and its period);

A private Dutch Collection

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