Original etching and drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper Signed and dated in the plate lower right Rembrandt 1645. A superb 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch’s second and final state, Usticke’s first state of four, New Hollstein’s second state of three, of this rare etching, printed after the reduction of the right edge of the standing man’s hat (characterized by G.W. Nowell-Usticke in his 1967 catalogue Rembrandt’s Etchings: States and Values as “very scarce,” and given his scarcity rating of “RR-” [50 to 75 impressions extant in that year]), showing traces of burr on the sgnature. Catalog: Bartsch 209 ii/ii; Hind 210; Biorklund-Barnard 45-B; Usticke 209 i/iv; New Hollstein 221 ii/iii. Slight thinning of the sheet at the left edge verso, otherwise in excellent condition, printed on a sheet with thread margins outside the platemark on all four sides.
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