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A Catalogue and Description of the Etchings of Rembrandt van Rhyn

Gersaint, M.

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Hardcover. Thomas Jeffrys. 1752. 184pp.

Worn brown boards with endpapers worn and coming loose. Hinges cracked but holding.

Printed for T. Jefferys, Geographer to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales at Charing - Crofs. 1752.

An interesting catalogue, originally compiled by the charismatic Parisian art-dealer Edme-François Gersaint and based on the collection assembled by Rembrandt's personal friend the Burgomaster Six. Some 342 works are listed, together with a further twenty-seven doubtful attributions and a number of further related pieces by other masters and pupils. As the preface makes clear, Rembrandt was heavily collected, prices were high, and skilful forgeries were in circulation: one of the purposes of the catalogue was to offer a safeguard to collectors. First published in Paris the previous year, the catalogue is also interesting as a sidelight on the career of the publisher, Thomas Jefferys, principally known as a mapmaker and Geographer to George III, but a man also evidently engaged in the more general art market.

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A Catalogue and Description of the Etchings of Rembrandt van Rhyn

A Catalogue and Description of the Etchings of Rembrandt van Rhyn

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