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REMBRANDT VAN RIJN The Triumph of Mordecai.
Etching and drypoint, circa 1641. 163x213 mm; 5 1/2x8 1/2 inches. Usticke's first state (e) (of 2), before the addition of aquatint. A superb, well-inked impression with abumdant burr on and around the kneeling figure lower left, on the standing figure, on the horse's head, on Mordecai's chest and cap and in the cross-hatching upper left, with all the delicate details details and with no sign of wear, consistent with the earliest impressions of this subject. Trimmed on or inside the plate mark.
According to Schapelhouman, "In spite of its modest dimensions, the Triumph of Mordecai exploits the scope of printmaking to an astonishing degree. It is as if Rembrandt wanted to exhibit the enitre spectrum of his technique, from the airiest etched lines in the crowd on the right to the inkiest blacks in the drypoint areas around the superb figure kneeling in the left foreground," (Rembrandt the Printmaker, London, 2000, page 196). Bartsch 40; Biörklund 41-1; Hollstein (White and Boon) 40.