Landscape with a Farm Building and the 'House with the Tower'

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
ca. 1650
Etching and drypoint on paper.
123 x 319 mm
RvR 315
NHD 256, III
Alfred Morrison (1821-1897), London and Fonthill; George W. Vanderbilt (1862-1914); from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1905.

Watermark: Foolscap with five points over "4" and three balls. [Heawood 1923]. Watermark, beta radiograph. Foolscap, five points, three balls. 179856wm_RvR_315_B223_WM_beta.jpg
A light even film of ink over the entire plate creates a tonal effect similar to that which appears in the following impression, printed on Japanese paper. (Boston 1969, no. 21)
The cupola burnished out, leaving a square tower. The black blobs burnished quite clean. Vertical lines have been added to the thatched roof nearest the spectator; further hatching to the sky on the far left, and drypoint on the trees on the left in shadow. (White and Boon)