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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (Leiden 1606 - 1669 Amsterdam)
Copper Plate: Self-Portrait in a Flat Cap and Embroidered Dress
Artists' Tools
Work Type
printing plate
c. 1642
Creation Place: Europe, Netherlands
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Physical Descriptions

Etched copper plate
plate: 9.5 x 6.2 cm (3 3/4 x 2 7/16 in.)
black mat: 27.7 x 22.6 cm (10 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: upper right, etched in plate: Rembrandt f.


Recorded Ownership History
Clement de Jonghe, 1656. Pieter de Haan, Amsterdam, 1767, sold; [possibly through Pieter de Fouqet] to Claude-Henri Watelet, Paris, 1767 sold; to Pierre-François Basan, 1786, bequest; to Henry-Louis Basan, 1797, sold; to Auguste Jean, c. 1805-1810, bequest; to his wife, Adèle-Joséphine Raulin, sold; to Auguste Bernard, Paris, 1846, bequest; to his son Michel Bernard, Paris, 1906, sold; to Alvin-Beaumont, 1906, sold; to Robert Lee Humber, Paris and North Carolina, 1938, on loan; to the Raleigh Art Museum, North Carolina, 1960s -1993, bequest; to the heirs of Robert Lee Humber, 1970, sold; to [Artemis International Ltd., London and Robert M. Light & Co., 1993], gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1994.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
see New Hollstein 210, p. 103; Bartsch 26; Hollstein 157

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Robert M. Light in memory of Jakob Rosenberg
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Catalogue des planches gravées en tous genres, par les plus célèbres graveurs du XVe au XIXe siècle, composant le fonds de commerce d’éditeur d’estampes de Mme Veuve Auguste Jean, auct. cat. (Paris, 1846), p. 15, cat. no. 540
  • Erik Hinterding, The History of Rembrandt's Copperplates, with a Catalogue of Those That Survive, Simiolus (1993-1994), Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 253-315, pp. 288-9, B.26
  • Clifford S. Ackley and Ronni Baer, Rembrandt's Journey: Painter, Draftsman, Etcher, exh. cat., MFA Publications (Boston, 2003),; pp.46, 152-53, 319
  • Ivan Gaskell, Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist

Exhibition History

  • Rare Prints, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/29/1994 - 01/08/1995
  • Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 09/09/2006 - 12/10/2006
  • Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013
  • 32Q: 2300 Dutch & Flemish, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014 - 04/09/2015
  • 32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/23/2019 - 05/13/2019

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project

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