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Rembrandt. St. Jerome in a Dark Chamber, 1642. Etching, engraving and drypoint on laid paper. A drawing in pen and ink in the Museum of Fine Art, Budapest
Rembrandt. St. Jerome in a Dark Chamber, 1642. Etching, engraving and drypoint on laid paper. A drawing in pen and ink in the Museum of Fine Art, Budapest

REMBRANDT Etching Engraving
St. Jerome in a Dark Chamber,
1642

Artist:  REMBRANDT, Harmensz van Rijn, 1606-1669
Title: St. Jerome in a Dark Chamber
Date: 1642
Medium: Etching, engraving and drypoint on paper
Inscriptions: Signed and dated lower center “Rembrandt ƒ. 1642”
in the plate
Dimensions: 5 7/8 x 6 5/8 in.
Framed dimensions: 23 ½ x 22 7/8 in.
Inventory Number: 105905753

An extraordinary third state, much richer and more defined than the third state shown in NH. Obviously an extremely early impression pulled, printing remarkably well. A possible 17th /early 18th century impression. The bars of the right window pane are partly missing and the oval is incomplete. Strong diagonal shading (lower left to upper right) added up to the top of the central window jamb, under the beam of the ceiling. The lion is largely shaded out and his tail is now a part of Saint Jerome’s robe. The back of the chair in the lower right corner has also been changed: it now seems to extend not only past the first round shape on the table (perhaps a globe?) like in the previous state, but also partly over a second round shape (a second globe?). This is an edition of the collection (receuil) published by Henri Louis Basan around 1810.
NHD 212 III; B 105; H 201; BB 42-E