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Recueil Basan

  • Object type

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  • Title (series)

    • Recueil Basan
  • Description

    Portrait of Jan Rijcksen and his wife, Griet Jans ('The shipbuilder and his wife'), after Rembrandt; from an edition of the Recueil published by Henri Louis Basan around 1810. 1800

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1800
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  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 238 millimetres
    • Width: 306 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image in lower left: "Rembrandt van Rijn Pinxit 1633" and in the lower right "J de Frey aqua forti 1800"
  • Curator's comments

    This is a copy after Rembrandt's 'The shipbuilder and his wife', now in the Royal Collection, London, inv.no. RCIN 405533. De Frey first published this etching in 1800 in Amsterdam. This plate became part of the Recueil Basan series in a later stadium and was not included in earlier versions.

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


  • Bibliography

    • Le Blanc 22 bibliographic details
    • Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings II.A.77 (graphic reproduction undescribed) bibliographic details
    • IFF undescribed bibliographic details
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