Nov 12, 2020 - Sale 2550

Sale 2550 - Lot 73

Price Realized: $ 37,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 50,000
A Beggar Seated on a Bank.

Etching and drypoint, 1630. 118x71 mm; 4 3/4x2 3/4 inches. Usticke's first state (e) (of 2), with the fine vertical lines distinct above the figure and with uncleaned, partially inky plate edges. With a partial, lower ball section of a Foolscap watermark (Ash/Fletcher 19). Trimmed on the plate mark. A superb, early and richly-inked impression of this extremely scarce etching.

Likely an early self-portrait in the guise of a beggar. There is a strong resemblance in this beggar's face to Rembrandt's Self Portrait, Open-Mouthed, also from 1630 (Bartsch 13). Bartsch 174; Biörklund 30-B; Hollstein (White and Boon) 174.