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The Strolling Musicians (B.119)

The Strolling Musicians

  • Etching on laid paper with threadbare margins. Partial Arms of Amsterdam watermark (Ash and fletcher J.a. variant, p.43) dating the paper to the early 1650's. Collector's stamp of Max Machanek (L. 1775) on the verso, blue ink.
  • Biorklund Barnard's first state of two, White and Boon's first state of two, and Nowell Eusticke's first state of three showing the fine horizontal scratches at the base of the "V" of the woman's neck holding the baby.
  • According to Nowell Eusticke, an early first state impression with the horizontal scratches strong, but before the additional shading on the child's breast, the man's hat, boy's cap and the woman's head-dress that appears in the second state.
  • A fine seventeenth century impression that Nowell Eusticke refers to as "very strong".
  • Provenance: Max Machanek (L. 1775) was an industrialist who lived in the second half of the 19th century. He was an amateur collector whose collection included drypoints, etchings and engravings on paper from the 15th through 18th centuries from the English and German schools. His collection also included modern prints, books and illustrated works. He died shortly after the sale on November 28, 1891 which was held in Berlin (with Amsler and Ruthardt). 

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