Original etching and drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper Signed and dated in the plate lower center Rembrandt f. 1634. A strong, dark 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch and New Hollstein’s only state, Usticke's first state of two of this rare etching (characterized by G.W. Nowell-Usticke in his 1967 catalogue Rembrandt’s Etchings: States and Values as “a scarce plate”, and assigned his scarcity rating of “R+” [75 to 125 impressions extant in that year]), printed prior to the appearance of the very fine verticals below the dog’s chest, the acid spots in the lower left corner printing strongly. Catalog: Bartsch 88; Hind 121; Biorklund-Barnard 34-K; Usticke 88 i/ii; New Hollstein 129. In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with thread margins all around.
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