A Blind Hurdy-Gurdy Player and Family Receiving Alms

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
1606-1669
Etching and drypoint on paper.
165 x 128 mm
RvR 258
NHD 243, II
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Carl Julius Kollmann (1820-1875), Dresden; Joachim Sagert-Friedenau (2nd half of 19th century?), Berlin; Theodore Irwin (1827-1902), Oswego, New York; from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1900.
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Signed and dated lower right, "Rembrandt. f. 1648".
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Door-post worked over with very fine cross-hatching. The shadow cast by the boy's jacket, the girl's bodice and elsewhere, reworked with very fine shading in drypoint. Four short verticals now shade white spot at back of cap of the almsgiver. (White and Boon)

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