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Rembrant Harmensz van Rijn, The Rat-Poison Peddler [The Rat Catcher], 1632

Artist: Rembrant Harmensz van Rijn, 1606-1669
Title: The Rat-Poison Peddler [The Rat Catcher]
Date: 1632
Medium: Etching and drypoint on laid paper
Signature: Signed in monogram and dated lower right in the plate 'RHL 1632' (the 3 and 2 both reversed)
Description: A superb, dark, 17th century impression of this very scarce print, with partially inky plate edges, with the delicate tonal areas (possibly Sulphur tint) and fine horizontal lines on and around the barrel undiminished, with no sign of wear, consistent with the earliest impressions of this subject. Narrow to thread margins. New Hollstein's third and final state. Biörklund's third state (of 3); Usticke's first state (e) (of 2), with the slipped stroke through the rat catcher's shoe and shin distinct; White and Boon's third state (of 3).
Reference: B. 121; BB 32-C; H. 121; New Hollstein 111
Dimensions: 5 3/4 x 5 1/8 in.
Inventory Number: 121914133
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