This etching appears at first glance to be almost certainly a work of famous Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, but further study shows it to be a 19th century print by Chevalier IGNACE JOSEPH DE CLAUSSIN (1766-1844), ardent, eccentric artist in his own right and a scholar and copyist of graphic work by the Dutch master. De Claussin published in 1824 a catalogue raisonne that at the time was a major contribution to the scholarly study of Rembrandt's prints. De Claussin besides being a highly talented copyist of Rembrandt's works, was an admirer of graphic works by Berchem and other Dutch artists of that period. Some said he was obsessed with Rembrandt's prints. Much of the online information is in French. Many museums retain examples of De Claussin's prints, an indication of their quality and faithfulness to Rembrandt's technique and imagery. This example, taking from final states of Rembrandt's self portrait with cocked hat of 1631, measures 7 1/4" by 6 3/4", with thread margins on three sides (and 16 1/4" by 15 1/2" in contemporary silvery gray framing). Nicely professionally mounted, appearing to "float" in the recessed mat opening. There are tiny pinholes at two corners, a nearby tiny rusty disturbed spot, and a small foxing area at upper right as shown. Allow for reflections in some images.
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