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Return of the Prodigal Son (B.91)

Return of the Prodigal Son

  • Etching on thin laid paper with threadbare margins. Signed and dated in the plate, Rembrandt f. 1636, center beneath the feet of the father and son. Possible Shield with Paris watermark (Ash and Fletcher Miscellaneous, Late A.a., p.220). Collector's stamps of Felix Hupka (not in Lugt) verso, red ink, and Furst Karl Paar (L. 2009), verso, black ink.
  • Ash and Fletcher makes specific reference to the Paris and Shield watermarks as being found in etchings ''among those printed by Pierre Francois Basan''.
  • Biorklund Barnard's first and only state, and Nowell Eusticke's first state of four showing faint traces of lines in the triangular spaces below the prodigal son's shin.
  • A late first state impression as issued by P.F. Basan (1785-1797) before the toe of the boot at the extreme right is cut off and no wear to the right of the prodigal son's nose and to the right of the father's sleeve.
  • According to Schwartz, this is an illustration from the New Testament, Luke 15: 11-32.
  • Provenance: Furst Karl Paar (L. 2009), (1772-1819) Karl (also Johann Karl) Prince of Parr distinguished himself in the Austrian army as early as his seventeenth year, fought against the Turks, then on the Rhine, in Italy and to Wagram.  In 1810 he withdrew himself to the countryside in Steiermark of Boheme.  His father Wencelas already had a very important collection of old prints recorded in the glossary of Meusel in 1789 of more than 60,000 sheets.  After the death of his father the 150 portfolios were passed on to his son. Duschene visited the collection in about 1830.  During this time he was entrusted to the care of the painter Fischblach.  Duschene admired especially the remarkable collection of engravings of Master of 1466, of Schongauer, and Van Meckenen, Altdorfer, Pollajuola, Durer, Rembrandt, and paintings of Brueghel, Rubens, Poussin, Watteau and others.

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