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Recueil Basan

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1941,0327.11.15

  • Title (series)

    • Recueil Basan
  • Description

    David in prayer; the king kneeling to the left at his bedside, his elbows resting on the bed, the curtains hanging over the bed ends on either side, a harp on floor in foreground; posthumous third state with additional shading in the curtain below the canopy and on the lower part hanging over the bedpost, the lower part of David's cloak and in lower left corner, after the white spots near the canopy on the edge have been shaded in; re-worked by Pierre François Basan; from an edition of the Recueil published by Henri Louis Basan around 1810. c. 1652 Etching

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1652
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 141 millimetres
    • Width: 94 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with Rembrandt's signature and date, in lower left: "Rembrandt f. 1652" (faded, almost illegable)
  • Curator's comments

    For the Rembrandt etching see F,4.71

    For comment on the volume, which was published by Henri Louis Basan around 1810, see 1941,0327.11.1

  • Bibliography

    • Hind 258.III bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 268.III (Rembrandt) bibliographic details
    • White+Boon 41.III bibliographic details
  • Location

    157*.b.26

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1941

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1941,0327.11.15

David in prayer; the king kneeling to left at his bedside, a harp on floor in foreground; late impression, re-worked by Pierre François Basan; from an edition of the Recueil published by Henri Louis Basan around 1810.  c. 1652
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David in prayer; the king kneeling to left at his bedside, a harp on floor in foreground; late impression, re-worked by Pierre François Basan; from an edition of the Recueil published by Henri Louis Basan around 1810. c. 1652 Etching

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