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An older man with long white beard is surrounded by three figures all seated outside the doorway of a home.

The older man (Abraham) holds a chalice in his left hand while motioning with his right hand to a basket of flat breads, center bottom. There are two winged males on each side of him, a third older bearded man sits on far right, holding a pitcher; they all glance at the basket. A young boy is behind them, leaning over a short stone wall with bow and arrow, his face in profile, back to viewer. An older woman on left peers from behind the wooden door in shadow. The background is a sketch of thick leafy trees.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (Leiden 1606 - 1669 Amsterdam)
Abraham Entertaining the Three Angels
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Etching and drypoint on white antique laid paper
Etching and drypoint
plate: 16 x 13.2 cm (6 5/16 x 5 3/16 in.)
sheet: 16.2 × 13.4 cm (6 3/8 × 5 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: verso, lower left: E. F. [encircled] [E. Faesch, Lugt 846]
  • collector's mark: verso, lower left, black ink: Dr. / WA / Pr. [encircled] [Wilhelm August Ackermann, Lugt 791]
  • inscription: verso, center, graphite: B29.
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: f220 [illeg.] / An [obscured by stamp] / -
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: B29
  • inscription: verso, bottom center, black ink: E. Faesch
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: [illeg.]
  • inscription: in plate, l.l.: Rembrandt f. 1656.
  • inscription: verso, graphite, along side edge: E.H.G. [Edward Hale Greenleaf; late 19th c. Gray Collection inventory]
  • collector's mark: verso, purple stamp with graphite number: [Gray Collection accession stamp, Lugt 4836] 3223


Recorded Ownership History
E. Faesch (L. 846), probably sold; to Dr. Wilhelm August Ackermann (L. 791), Lubeck and Dresden, sold; [through his sale, Dresden, March 29, 1953, lot 610], probably; to Francis Galley Gray, bequest; to William Gray, his nephew, 1856, gift; to Harvard University, 1857.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

only state
Standard Reference Number
New Hollstein 295, Bartsch 29, Hind 286, Rovinski 29

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

  • Les Marques de Collections de Dessins & d'Estampes, website, Fondation Custodia, 2015, under L. 846
  • Stephanie Schrader, ed., Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India, exh. cat., J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, 2018), pp. 53, 107, 135, repr. p. 107 as plate 32

Exhibition History

  • Rembrandt: A Selection of his Works, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 10/18/1984 - 12/11/1984
  • Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 03/13/2018 - 06/24/2018

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