Original etching and drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper bearing a portion of the “Coat of Arms of Amsterdam” watermark (Ash/Fletcher 1.G.a; Hinterding G.a.a). Signed and dated in the plate upper left Rembrandt f. 1640. A superb 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch’s second and final state, Hind, Biorklund-Barnard and Usticke’s second state of three, New Hollstein’s first state of two, of this rare and beautiful portrait, printed after the appearance of the short slipt stroke from the cap to the left cheek of the subject, with traces of burr showing on the thumb and hand of the sitter and the lines in the lower left and right corners. In the years after 1630 Rembrandt drew a series of red chalk drawings of imposing old men. Some of these subjects were later used in paintings of biblical subjects or of meditating old men. There are several etchings closely linked to this series of chalk drawings. The old man here is probably the same model who sat for a number of figure studies of the same period. He appears in the guise of a distinguished old gentleman with a fur cap and cloak.
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