Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘The Triumph of Mordecai’, ca. 1641, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

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.

Sheet Size: 7 ¼ x 8 13/16 inches

In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with 3/16 inch margins outside the platemark on all four sides.

Literature regarding this artwork: Hans-Martin Rotermund, Rembrandt’s Drawings and Etchings for the Bible, Pilgrim Press, Philadelphia/Boston, 1969, no. 131, p. 167 (ill.); Christopher White, Rembrandt as an Etcher: A Study of the Artist at Work, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1999, no. 53, p. 45 (ill.);
Clifford S. Akley, Rembrandt’s Journey: Painter-Draftsman-Etcher, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2003, no. 108. P. 178 (ill.);
Michael Zell, Reframing Rembrandt: Jews and the Christian Image in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam, University of California Press, Berkeley/Los Angeles/London, 2002, fig. 58, p. 97 (ill.);
Erik Hinterding, Rembrandt Etchings from the Frits Lugt Collection, Thoth Publishers, Bussum, 2008, no. 27, p. 33, vol. II (ill.).

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..

About Rembrandt van Rijn

A prolific painter, draftsman, and etcher, Rembrandt van Rijn is considered the greatest artist of Holland's Golden Age. He worked from direct observation, and despite the evolution of his style over the course of his career, Rembrandt’s compelling descriptions of light, space, atmosphere, modeling, texture, and human affect are the result of intense perceptual study. A prominent portraitist, Rembrandt is most famous for The Night Watch (1642), a monumental painting of militia guards that features Rembrandt’s distinctive use of chiaroscuro.

Dutch, 1606-1669, Leiden, Netherlands, based in Amsterdam and Leiden, Holland