Jews in Synagogue
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
Etching and drypoint, 1648, 71 x 129 mm., Bartsch 126, Hind 234, Boon/White126 ii/iii, Bjorklund/Barnard 48d iii/iii, Nowell-Usticke 126 iii/vii, ex collection: George Bjorklund (Lugt 1138c). A fine and harmonious impression with a range of tone, before the heavy retouching and before the Basan editions, on laid paper with thread margins. While the impression is probably posthumous (lifetime impressions are exceedingly rare), different authorities cite different areas of the plate in determining states. N-U alone says the rework is by Watelet (which may not be so). The vertical shading in the turban, mentioned by B/W does not seem to be present, but the plate does conform to Bjorklund’s description, hardly unexpected since this was his impression. In all likelihood this is an early eighteenth-century impression with only minor differences in appearance from the lifetime second state. The subject is a desirable one and is typical of Rembrandt’s sympathetic depictions of his Jewish neighbors in Amsterdam, although the appearance of typically dressed Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews in the same temple is unlikely. The print is attractively framed and can be supplied with the frame at no extra cost.