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Original etching and drypoint printed in black ink on thick laid paper bearing a “Double Headed Eagle” watermark (Ash/Fletcher 15)
A superb 17th century/lifetime impression of Bartsch and Biorklund/Barnard’s only state, Usticke’s first state of two, New Hollstein’s third state of four, showing touches of burr on the horse and central figures, printed after the upper part of the left hind leg of the horse was shaded over, but prior to the addition of aquatinting to the plate to deepen the shadows in later impressions.
Catalog: Bartsch 40; Hind 172; Biorklund-Barnard 41-1; Usticke 40 i/ii; New Hollstein 185 iii/iv.
In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with 3/16 inch margins outside the platemark on all four sides.
Provenance: ex-collection Charles Scarisbrick (British, 1801-1860), High Sherriff, Scarisbrick Hall, and Wrightington, Lancaster, whose collection contained numerous Rembrandt etchings and Dürer engravings, with his collection stamp (Lugt 522) in black ink verso..