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The Angels appearing to the Shepherds Rembrandt van Rijn

  • Curator’s description:


    Cook and Wedderburn noted that this frame was empty in 1906, and the print is represented here by a surrogate example of the third state, drawn from the Ashmolean's collections. Ruskin's example, from which he copied the angel's wings in Educational Series no. 237.b, must have been the second or third state, as the wings are unfinished in the first state.

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    Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 - 1669) (etcher)
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    Material and technique
    etching, burin and drypoint on wove paper
    261 x 217 mm (plate)
    Recto, within the image, bottom right, etched: Rembrandt f. 1634

    Presumably presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), 1875; listed in 1906 as no longer in the Drawing School.

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  • References in which this object is cited include:


    Hind, Arthur Mayger, A Catalogue of Rembrandt’s Etchings, 2 vols, 2nd (London: Methuen, 1923), no. 120

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Smith, Elder, 1871), cat. Educational no. X.3.J

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Spottiswoode, 1874), cat. Educational no. 236

    Hollstein, F.W.H., Dutch and Flemish Engravings Etchings and Woodcuts, c. 1450 - 1700 (Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, [1949]-), cat. vol. XVIII, p. 22, no. B44

    Ruskin, John, ‘The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford: Catalogues, Notes and Instructions’, Edward T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, eds, The Works of John Ruskin: Library Edition, 39 (London: George Allen, 1903-1912), 21, cat. Educational no. 236


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