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Saint Bartholomew: P.15017-R

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Current Location: In storage


Saint Bartholomew


Printmaker: Houston, Richard
Publisher: Houston, Richard
Painter: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (After)




After the painting by Rembrandt, Saint Bartholomew (also known as, 'Man with a Knife', 'The Assassin' and 'Rembrandt's Cook'), (1661; J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, U.S.A.; 71.PA.15). Half-length, seated man with short, dark hair and moustache, facing front and wearing a cloak around his shoulders and a pale shirt with tunic open from the chest. His left hand supports his chin and his right hand, at lower left, holds a knife. The knife foreshadows the Apostle's martyrdom by flaying.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by the Rev. R. E. Kerrich, 1872 (received 1873)

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1873) by Kerrich, Richard Edward


Production date: AD 1757


Mezzotint. Scraped within the image: 'Rembrandt / (f. 1661)'. Fully-lettered state. Lettered with artists' names in italics in the inscription space at lower left: 'Rembrandt Pinx.t' and lower right: 'R. Houston Fecit'. Engraved in italics at the centre of the inscription space: 'Done from an Original Picture in the Collection of John Blackwood Esq.r'. Publisher's details engraved at lower centre: 'Sold by R.d Houston at Charing Cross, London'. Chaloner Smith's second state, before retouching and the erasure of the address. Inscribed in graphite at lower right: '59' (within the platemark); 'S146' [Chaloner Smith], '14' [Nagler]; 'Kerrich'. Other impressions ex. collection John Charrington are scratched letter proofs, P.5858-R and 34.A.4-27 and P.5857-R, a proof before inscription.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.15017-R
Primary reference Number: 240079
Charrington (Rembrandt): 82.III/III ('A Man with a Knife')
Chaloner Smith: 146.II ('Man with Knife')
Nagler (Künstler-Lexicon): 6.14 (p.327)
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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