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Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, 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
Signature: Signed and dated lower center "Rembrandt ƒ. 1642" in the plate
Description: 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.
Reference: NHD 212 III; B 105; H 201; BB 42-E
Dimensions: 5 7/8 x 6 5/8 in.
Framed Dimensions: 23 1/2 x 22 7/8 in.
Inventory Number: 105905753
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