Death Appearing to a Wedded Couple from an Open Grave


Rembrandt Harmenz Van Rijn (1606-1669), Death Appearing to a Wedded Couple from an Open Grave, etching and touches of drypoint, 1639 [signed and dated, Rembrandt f. 1639 in the plate]. References: Bartsch, Hollstein 109, Hind 165. Only state. Watermark: part of a Strasbourg Lily with Pendant PR (Ash and Fletcher E.a). In generally adequate condition, trimmed on or just inside of the platemark, various soft folds (one vertical, bottom diagonal), tip of upper right corner missing, some tiny nicks at edges. 4 3/8 x 3 1/16 inches, archival mounting with non-attached mylar hinging.

A fair/good impression lifetime impression of this very lightly and delicately printed print. A rarely encountered Rembrandt print (rated RR, “rare”, by Nowell-Usticke)

Provenance: H. Marx (with stamp verso) (Lugt 2816a); also with the initials VC written in brown ink bottom right recto.

The plate of this print is not known, and (therefore) posthumous impressions printed by the succession of engravers who possessed Rembrandt prints are not recorded.