Plate not in existence – with Nowell-Usticke(1967): RR
It is rare to find this complete pair. The plates were lost at an early stage. There are no late impressions.
In Nowell-Usticke both etchings have been qualified with an ‘RR’, which signifies as ‘very sarce’.
This is an illustration showing two peasants discussing the weather. Rembrandt has put much character
into both of them, who seem to stand along the edge of frozen water. It is amusing that they conduct
their conversation standing back to back. Clearly, the left figure appears to feel the cold, whereas the
man on the right does not seem to be affected by the sometimes vicious Dutch winters.
For this scene Rembrandt drew inspiration from the etchings of another, older, artist. In 1542 the
German artist Sebald Beham (1500-1550) made two prints in which the same conversation takes place.
A big difference between the prints by Sebald Beham and the etchings by Rembrandt, is the
composition. The former shows the two peasants facing one another, whereas in the latter they are
standing back to back.
‘Tis vinnich kout’ (a): from a private American collection; a private Dutch collection.
‘Dats niet’ (b): Ex-collection Friedrich August II (Lugt 971, lower right recto); a private American
collection; a private Dutch collection.
Sordid & Sacred: the Beggars in Rembrandt’s Etchings, 2006 – 2009, National Museum Tour,
traveled to museums throughout the United States.
a) Bartsch 177; The New Hollstein (Hinterding/Rutgers) 131, only state; White/Boon 177
b. Bartsch 178; The New Hollstein (Hinterding/Rutgers) 132, only state; White/Boon 178