Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Man Wearing a Close Cap: Bust (The Artist's Father?)
Etching, with touches of drypoint, on paper.
75 x 60 mm
Karl Eduard von Liphart (1808-1891), Dorpat, Bonn and Florence; Theodore Irwin (1827-1902), Oswego, New York; from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1900.
Signed in monogram and dated lower center, "RHL 1630" (in state II).
Münz believed that the plate may have been worked up from II onwards with the assistance of a pupil. Cf. the painting, in reverse, in the Mauritshuis, "The Hague" (Bredius 77). (White and Boon)
One of two impressions of state V in the Library (see RvR 421).
The plate generally reworked, not by Rembrandt, e.g. heavy diagonal shading on the shoulder on the left. (White and Boon)