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A print of a landscape depicts three medium size leafy trees located on top of a small hill

A black and white print of a landscape depicts three medium size leafy trees on top of a small hill, the hill is full of vegetation. On the left side of the print two male figures are on the land, one is standing and the other sitting, they are right next to each other; a small pond is depicted in front of them and behind them the horizon. In the background the sky looks gray and cloudy.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (Leiden 1606 - 1669 Amsterdam)
The Three Trees
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Etching, engraving, and drypoint on white antique laid paper
Etching, engraving and drypoint
image: 20.5 × 27.7 cm (8 1/16 × 10 7/8 in.)
mounting sheet: 27.4 × 35 cm (10 13/16 × 13 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: verso, lower left, black ink stamp: Dr. / WA [linked] / Pr. [within a circular border; Wilhelm August Ackermann (Lugt 791)]
  • inscription: on secondary sheet, lower margin, graphite: Bartsch.212 (Cl 209) Ack.s. 698
  • inscription: verso, secondary sheet, upper center, graphite: Nr. 2380.
  • inscription: verso, secondary sheet, graphite: 89-h [?]
  • inscription: verso, graphite: E. H. G. [Edward Hale Greenleaf; late 19th-c. inventory of the Gray Collection]
  • collector's mark: verso, purple stamp with graphite numbering within: [Gray Collection accession stamp (Lugt 4836)] 3264


Recorded Ownership History
W. Ackermann.
W. Ackerman.
Francis Calley Gray, bequest to nephew, 1856.
William Gray, gift to Harvard University, 1857.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

only state
Standard Reference Number
New Hollstein 214, Bartsch 212, Hind 205, Rovinski 212

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Emma Chambers, An Indolent and Blundering Art?: The Etching Revival and the Redefinition of Etching in England, 1838-1892, Ashgate Publishing (Aldershot, England, 1999), repr. as fig. 1.4 on p. 28 [not Harvard impression; related bibliography]
  • Ivan Gaskell, Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist
  • Joanna Sheers Seidenstein and Susan Anderson, ed., Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2022), p. 234

Exhibition History

  • Rembrandt: A Selection of his Works, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 10/18/1984 - 12/11/1984
  • Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 09/09/2006 - 12/10/2006
  • Rembrandt Prints & Drawings, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, 11/05/2008 - 12/14/2008
  • 32Q: 2300 Dutch & Flemish, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/09/2016 - 03/09/2017
  • Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2022 - 08/14/2022

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