Cottages and a Hay Barn on the Dimerdijk with a Flock of Sheep

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
1606-1669
1650
Etching and drypoint on paper.
82 x 175 mm
RvR 317
NHD 254, I
Provenance: 
John Barnard (d. 1784), London; George Hibbert (1757-1837), London; Heneage Finch, 5th Earl of Aylesford (1786-1859), London and Packington Hall, Warwickshire; Robert Stayner Holford (1808-1892), London and Westonbirt; Robert Hoe (late 19th century-early 20th century (?)), New York (?); purchased by Mr. Morgan, August 1911.
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Signed and dated lower left, "Rembrandt f 1652" ( 'd' in reverse, last digit difficult to read).
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Watermark: Three balls, probably bottom of foolscap, fragment. Watermark, beta radiograph. Three balls. 179740wm_RvR_317_B224_WM_beta.jpg
Cf. the drawing in Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Benesch 1226). (White and Boon)
Early impression with much drypoint tone.
Margins of 11 mm at the top, 13-13.5 mm at the bottom, and 12 mm at the two sides.
With nothing behind the figures on the dyke on the left-hand side.

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