Reclining Female Nude

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
1606-1669
Reclining Female Nude
1658
Etching and drypoint, printed on Japanese paper.
81 x 158 mm
RvR 291
NHD 308, II
Provenance: 
John Heywood Hawkins (1803-1877), London and Bignor Park; Sir Edward Astley (1729-1802), Norfolk; Heneage Finch, 5th Earl of Aylesford (1786-1859), London and Packington Hall, Warwickshire; Walter Francis, 5th Duke of Buccleuch (1806-1884), London and Dalkeith; George W. Vanderbilt (1862-1914); from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1905.
Bibliography: 
Stampfle, Felice et al. Rembrandt, experimental etcher. Boston : Museum of Fine Arts, 1969, p. 166.
Inscription: 
Signed and dated lower left, "Rembrandt f. 1658".
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Watermark: None.
Adam Bartsch's suggestion that the print depicts a black model has been disputed. In Röver's inventory the model is referred to as 'het slapende vrouwtje' (the sleeping woman), and probably comes under the heading 'slaapende naeckte vrouwtjes' (sleeping women) in de Jonghe's inventory ("pace" Valentiner, who identified it with 'naeckte Kleopatra' (naked Cleopatra)- see B. 202). (White and Boon) Further shading has been added to the pillow and possibly to the figure. (Boston 1969, p. 16).
Further shading has been added to the pillow and possibly to the figure. (Boston 1969, p. 166)

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