Nov 03, 2015 - Sale 2396

Sale 2396 - Lot 378

Price Realized: $ 18,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
The Return of the Prodigal Son.

Etching and drypoint, 1636. 158x136 mm; 6 1/4x5 3/8 inches, thread margins. Usticke's first state (of 4), with the toe of the boot at the far right still printing. Partial foolscap with a 7-pointed collar watermark (Ash/Fletcher 20, they note a similar watermark on impressions of this subject in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Hermitage, St. Petersburg). A brilliant, dark and evenly-printed impression, wth no wear in the densely cross-hatched areas to the right of the son's nose, and with the faint landscape and buildings in the left background manifest, characteristic of the earliest impressions of this etching. Bartsch 91; Biörklund 36-D; Hollstein (White and Boon) 91.