Beggar Leaning on a Stick Facing Left (after Rembrandt, reversed)


François Vivares (1709–1780), Beggar Leaning on a Stick Facing Left (after Rembrandt, reversed), etching, c. 1765. In very good condition, with margins, 3 1/4 x 2 1/4, the sheet 3 3/4 x 2 7/8.

A fine impression, on wove paper.

Provenance: initials AT verso in pencil (not in Lugt).

This is a copy in reverse of Rembrandt’s rather rare etching Beggar Leaning on a Stick, Bartsch 163.

Here, from Wikipedia, are some notes on Vivares,  surely among the most prolific of printmakers, in terms of offspring if not art:

He was born at Saint-Jean-du-Bruel, near Montpellier, France, on 11 July 1709, and brought up in Geneva. At the age of 18 he went to London.

He took on Peter Paul Benazech as apprentice in 1746.[1] Vivares exhibited engravings with the Incorporated Society of Artists in 1766 and 1768. During the last thirty years of his life he resided in Great Newport Street, where he kept a print-shop. There he died on 28 November 1780, and was buried in Paddington churchyard. He was three times married, and had 31 children. His son Thomas Vivares also worked as an engraver.

His plates number about 160, and were largely published by John Boydell. Many were from the old masters: Claude, Gaspar Poussin, Il Bolognese, Vanderneer, and Cuyp; but a large proportion of them are views of English scenery after Thomas Gainsborough, Wootton, Thomas Smith of Derby, the Smiths of Chichester, and others. Claude’s Enchanted Castle he left unfinished at his death, and it was completed by William Woollett. There is a portrait of Vivares, engraved by himself and James Caldwell.