Jan Asselyn

about 1647
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 277 ii/iii; Hind 227 ii/iii


Platemark: 20.9 x 16.8 cm (8 1/4 x 6 5/8 in.) Sheet: 20.9 x 16.9 cm (8 1/4 x 6 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, drypoint, and burnishing on Japanese paper

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



The inscription “krabbetje” refers to the sitter’s nickname, itself deriving from his mishapen hand. This is a sumptuous impression with considerable plate tone.


In plate LR: Rembr / f 16 [date not clearly legible]
Later inscriptions or marks: Recto LC in pen & brown ink: krabbetje
Verso LR stamped in black ink-- mark of the Earl of Aylesford (Lugt 58)
Verso LR stamped in blue ink-- mark of the Duke D’Arenberg (Lugt 567)
Verso LC in graphite pencil: fL [?] 219 / 277
Verso LC in partly erased graphite pencil: IIe etat de la / [col. chalon or crabje FG?] / GB e [this part underlined] / No. 77 CB 74 [?]
Verso CL in graphite pencil: [a small cypher resembling a notation of the sqaure root of 2 followed by a dot


Heneage Finch, 5th Earl of Aylesford (b. 1786 - d. 1859; Lugt 58), London and Warwickshire, England; 1846, probably sold with the Aylesford collection to Samuel Woodburn (dealer; b. 1786 - d. 1853), London. Dukes D'Arenberg, Brussels and Nordkirchen, Westphalia (Lugt 567); after about 1918, sold from the Arenberg collection to a London dealer and, in 1952, sold to William Schab (dealer), New York [see note]; 1954, exchanged by Schab with the MFA. (Accession Date: March 11, 1954)

[1] According to Lugt (1956 edition), online at marquesdecollections.fr, a group of prints from the Arenberg collection was sold after World War I to a London dealer and in 1952 to Schab.

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund, by exchange