The Shell

1650
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 159; Hind 248 ii/ii

Dimensions

Platemark: 9.7 x 13.2 cm (3 13/16 x 5 3/16 in.) Sheet: 10.9 x 14.3 cm (4 5/16 x 5 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

P553

Medium or Technique

Etching and drypoint

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

In plate, l.l.: Rembrandt. f. 1650; in graphite, verso, u.l.:EH / FOP; l.l.: B159

Markings

stamped in black ink: mark of Firmin-Didot [Lugt 119]; stamped in red ink, mark of Sewall [Lugt 1309]

Provenance

Ambroise Firmin-Didot (b. 1790 - d. 1876; Lugt 119), Paris; May 9, 1877, posthumous Firmin-Didot sale, Paris, Danlos, Delisle, and Pawlowski, Paris, lot 921, sold for 980 fr. Henry F. Sewall (b. 1816 - d. 1896; Lugt 1309), New York; 1897, sold by Sewall to the MFA [see note 1]. (Accession Date: October 21, 1897)

NOTES:
[1] Henry F. Sewall offered his collection to the MFA for purchase in 1888. That purchase was finalized and executed in 1897, one year after his death.

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund