The Shepherd and His Family
Etching and Drypoint : 4 x 3 inches ( 10 x 8 cm )

Etching, 1644, only state, on laid paper. Signed and dated (upper left). RRR+ extremely rare. A strong impression touched with ink, trimmed close to or within the platemark, repaired in the upper right corner and near the left corners. B(artsch) 220; H(ind) 206; BB. 44-A (Blorklund & Barnard).


1) Wilhelm, Count von Lepell (1755-1826) (L(ugt) 1672), see stamp on verso: Gr(af) v(on) Leppell, S.(S(ammlung))

2) Berlin Print Room L(ugt) 1606, see stamp on verso: Kupferstichsammlung der koenigl(ichen) Museen; Also with stamp on verso: “Tilgungsstempel, KSS” (L(ugt) 2398) (Tilgungsstempel=deascension stamp)

3) Nicholas Mossoloff (artist, Russian, 1847-1914), see pencil signature (?) on verso 

4) the Engraving department of the Moscow Museum (now called The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts) see stamp on verso:

Отд(ел) грав(иоры)

М(узей) из(образительных) ис(кусств) N40590

5) P & D Colnaghi, London

6) Gordon W. Nowell-Usticke*

7) Parke-Bernet Galleries, sale #2696, 1968, vol 2, p.139, lot #406

(Sale of the complete Nowell Usticke collection – see note)

8) Private collection, Canada

Note: The Distinguished Collection of Rembrandt Etchings Formed by Gordon W. Nowell-Usticke: Sold by Order of the Present Owner. Part Two. Public Auction ... April 30 and May 1 ... [1968] Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., Affiliated with Sotheby & Co., London

* From the Introduction to The Distinguished Collection of Rembrandt Etchings, Formed by Gordon W. Nowell-Usticke: Sold by Order of the Present Owner, Part I, p.vii, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., (Affiliated with Sotheby & Co., London), New York 1967: “The collection described in this catalogue was formed by Captain Gordon Nowell-Usticke, mostly between 1934 and 1954, after which he retired to the Virgin Islands. It is one of the most distinguished private collections of Rembrandt etchings known today. The main part of it was formed in the 1930s, when Captain Nowell-Usticke gave the greatest attention to obtaining works of special rarity. As the collection grew and became more comprehensive he made continual improvements, replacing one impression of an etching when another example of superior quality was available. Captain Nowell-Usticke recently completed a study of Rembrandt etchings which is to be published.**

Part I of the collection, as listed in this catalogue, includes a fine series of landscapes, notably Six’s Bridge, The Three Trees, The Goldweigher’s Field and The Obelisk. It also has Rembrandt’s self-portraits and those of his wife and family. Portraits of Rembrandt’s friends and contemporaries include excellent examples of The Old Haring, The Young Haring, Cornelius Claesz. Anslo, Jan Cornelius Sylvius and Jan Lutma.

The second part of the collection, which will be sold in 1968, comprises Rembrandt’s studies of beggars, the allegorical and genre etchings and a superb group of Old and New Testament subjects.”

**G.W. Nowell-Usticke, Rembrandt’s Etchings, States, and Values, Livingston Publishing Co., Narberth, Pa., 1967.

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Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt
Dutch, 1606-1669
We are actively seeking to acquire works by Rembrandt. 
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is widely considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age, when Dutch Golden Age painting, although in many ways antithetical to the Baroque style that dominated Europe, was extremely prolific and innovative.
Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, Rembrandt's later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships. Yet his etchings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high, and for twenty years he taught many important Dutch painters. Rembrandt's greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible. His self-portraits form a unique and intimate biography, in which the artist surveyed himself without vanity and with the utmost sincerity.
In his paintings and prints he exhibited knowledge of classical iconography, which he molded to fit the requirements of his own experience; thus, the depiction of a biblical scene was informed by Rembrandt's knowledge of the specific text, his assimilation of classical composition, and his observations of Amsterdam's Jewish population. Because of his empathy for the human condition, he has been called "one of the great prophets of civilization.
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