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Original etching printed in black ink on laid paper.
Signed with the artist’s monogram and dated in the plate lower center RHL 1632 (the last two numerals reversed).
A superb 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch and Biörklund-Barnard’s only state, Usticke’s first state of four, New Hollstein’s first state of three, printed prior to the right-hand outline of the cane being strengthened with two short contiguous burin strokes from the right hand (characterized by G.W. Nowell-Usticke in his 1967 catalogue Rembrandt’s Etchings: States and Values as “a rather uncommon print”), with inky plate edges and showing the faint horizontal scratches above the plume characteristic of early impressions.
Catalog: Bartsch 152; Hind 93; Biorklund-Barnard 32-A; Usticke 152 i/iv; New Hollstein 110 i/iii.
4 5/16 x 3 1/16 inches
In excellent condition, trimmed down to the platemark on all four sides.