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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
FAUST (B., HOLL. 270; H. 260; BB. 52-4)
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 151,250 GBP
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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
FAUST (B., HOLL. 270; H. 260; BB. 52-4)
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 151,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
1606-1669
FAUST (B., HOLL. 270; H. 260; BB. 52-4)
Etching and drypoint, circa 1652, a very fine, atmospheric impression of the first sate (of three), with rich burr, printed on oatmeal paper
209 by 158mm; 8¼ by 6¼in
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Provenance

Ex coll. Ernest C. Innes, his sale Christie's 13th December 1935, sold for £155. According to owner's notes, this impression was formely in the collection of Frits Lugt.

Exhibited

Exhibited: London, Burlington House, Exhibition of Dutch Art, 1929 No. 770.

Catalogue Note

Boon and White record five other impressions of this state on oatmeal paper in Boston, London, Metropolitan Museum, New York, Vienna and the Salomon collection in Turin. These impressions are among the earliest printed and are notable for the clean wiping, which reveals very clear details.

The present example is printed with particularly strong burr, especially effective in shrouding Faust's right sleeve, skull and the curtain at left.

The nature of the subject has been much debated. In 1679, Clement de Jongh noted an etching called Alchemist at Work, in the early eighteenth century it was first described as Faust, an interpretation generally accepted.

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