Cottages and a Hay Barn on the Diemerdijk 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 318
NHD 254, II
Provenance: 
Moritz Michael Daffinger (1790-1849), Vienna; August Artaria (1807-1893), Vienna; Theodore Irwin (1827-1902), Oswego, New York; from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1900.
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Signed and dated lower left, "Rembrandt f 1652" ( 'd' in reverse).
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Watermark: None.
A distant horizon has been added in the left-hand background. More shading has been added to the distant landscape on the right, the field in the center, the haystack, the trees and the buildings on the left. The silhouette of the left-hand clump of trees has been broken by the addition of a branch. (White and Boon)
Closely trimmed; the platemark at the left arch has been lost.

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