Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
St. Francis Beneath a Tree Praying
Drypoint printed on Japanese paper.
180 x 244 mm
NHD 299, II
John Barnard (d.1784), London; George Hibbert (1757-1837), London; Samuel Woodburn (1786-1853), London; John Heywood Hawkins (1803-1877), London and Bignor Park; Theodore Irwin (1827-1902), Oswego, New York; from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1900.
Signed and dated lower right, "Rembrandt ('d' reversed) f.1657".
An impression on Japanese paper in which a fairly even film of ink covers the entire sheet. A more localized application of tone darkens the saint's robe. On the verso of this impression there is an offset of an old inscription in Dutch, written in a cursive hand. It has yet to be fully deciphered. (Boston 1969, no. 103)
The whole plate has been elaborated by etching supplemented with burin work. Particular attention has been given to further description of the landscape setting. A second signature and date have been added over the first. (Boston 1969, p. 154)