The woman in this print appears in several early etchings by Rembrandt. She has been identified since the late seventeenth century as Rembrandt's mother Neeltgen Willemsdr. van Zuytbroeck (ca. 1568–1640). In such early prints, when Rembrandt was still exploring the medium of etching, he was nonetheless able to beautifully capture the woman's age and expression with limited linework.
Inscription: Lettered in the plate upper right with the artist's monogram 'RHL [in ligature]' and dated '1628'
Marking: Collector's mark of the Earl of Aylesford (Lugt 58), stamped in black in on verso; price annotations in by John Haywood Hawkins in graphite on verso; collector's mark of the Duke of Buccleuch (L. 402) stamped in black ink on verso
Heneage Finch, 5th Earl of Aylesford (British, 1786–1859); Samuel Woodburn (British, 1786–1853); P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.; Duke of Buccleuch; C. B. Eddy; Vendor: Knoedler and Co., New York
New Hollstein (Rembrandt) I.8.5.ii; Hollstein XVIII 157.354.ii; Hind 43.1.ii.
Arthur M. Hind A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings. London, 1923, cat. no. 43.1.ii.
F. W. H. Hollstein Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts. vols. 1-64, Amsterdam, 1954–2010, cat. no. VIII.157.354.ii.
F. W. H. Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings, and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. 2008, cat. no. Rembrandt.I.8.5.ii, ill.
Artist: Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)Date: ca. 1650Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on paper washed with brownAccession: 29.100.939On view in:Not on view