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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    F,5.140

  • Description

    The artist drawing from the model; female nude seen from behind to right in studio, background heavily worked; second state with easel and drapery shaded before reworking by another hand. c.1639 Etching, drypoint and burin

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1639 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 232 millimetres
    • Width: 185 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    For an impression of the first state and comment see 1895,1214.111.

  • Bibliography

    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 176.II (Rembrandt) bibliographic details
    • White+Boon 192.II bibliographic details
    • Hind 231.II bibliographic details
    • Hinterding et al. 2000 36.II bibliographic details
  • Location

    D+F XVIIc Mounted Roy

  • Exhibition history

    1992 Mar-May, London, National Gallery, 'Rembrandt'
    2009 Sep-Dec, Warwickshire, Compton Verney, The Artist's Studio
    2010 Feb-May, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre Visual Arts, The Artist's Studio
    2012 May-Sep, BM, Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite, ex. cat.

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    17 April 2012

    Treatment proposal

    Lift from mounts. Remove verso debris. Support tears/repair where necessary. Inlay. To be beta-radiographed if there is watermark.

    Condition

    Guarded to solid mount. Slight skinning on verso corners.

    Treatment details

    Lifted by slitting guards with a scalpel. Debris removed using a poultice of Culminal (nonionic cellulose ether). Adhesive residue removed with cotton wool swabs dampened with warm water. Weak areas supported with Tengujo Japanese tissue and Abra starch (wheat starch) adhesive. Humidified over capillary matting and Gore-Tex in a chamber. Pressed under glass. Inlaid into BM inlay paper using strips of Tengujo Japanese tissue and Culminal (nonionic cellulose ether) adhesive. Pressed.

    Object mounted into a Royal overthrow of 3ply Heritage Conservation Board and hinged in using archival framing tape adhered with water.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1799

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    F,5.140

  • Additional IDs

    • 1973,U.995
The artist drawing from the model; female nude seen from behind to r in studio, background heavily worked; unfinished plate.  c.1639
Etching, drypoint and burin

The artist drawing from the model; female nude seen from behind to r in studio, background heavily worked; unfinished plate. c.1639 Etching, drypoint and burin

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