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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (Leiden 1606 - 1669 Amsterdam)
Adoration of the Shepherds: A Night Piece
Work Type
c. 1656
Creation Place: Europe, Netherlands
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Physical Descriptions
Etching and drypoint
plate: 14.9 x 19.5 cm (5 7/8 x 7 11/16 in.)
sheet: 16 × 20.4 cm (6 5/16 × 8 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: verso, lower left, red ink: am [unidentified collector (Lugt 144, where Alfred Morrison is suggested)]
  • inscription: verso, graphite, various inscriptions: N-46-B. 3[struck through] e- Epr. / l'adoration les bergers / B. 46 / Bot. of H. Wunderlich & Co / May 22, 1888, for $40- [price underlined twice] / B. 46 / c 8366 / nx-
  • watermark: bottom, partial mark: [crown-shaped top portion of coat of arms (Hinterding Strasbourg Lily ZZ.zz. as unidentified references)]
  • inscription: verso, centered, oil paint?: + [a large cross made with two brush strokes in the center of the sheet]
  • collector's mark: verso, purple stamp with graphite numbering within: [Gray Collection accession stamp (Lugt 4836)] 6755
  • inscription: recto, lower margin at right, graphite: 45.
Unidentified collector (Lugt 144). [Hermann Wunderlich & Co., New York] sold; to Harvard University, May 22, 1888.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
New Hollstein 300, Bartsch 46, Hind 255.iv (viii), R. 46
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gray Collection of Engravings Fund
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Ivan Gaskell, Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist

Robert Fucci, Rembrandt's Changing Impressions, exh. cat., Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König (Germany, 2015), p. 122, cat. no. 16.1, repr. p. 124

Exhibition History

Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 09/09/2006 - 12/10/2006

Rembrandt's Changing Impressions, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, 09/09/2015 - 12/12/2015

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