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Rembrandt's Sale: P.48-1940

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Rembrandt's Sale


Printmaker: Spence, Robert




An imaginary scene of the 1658 sale of Rembrandt's moveable property. Interior scene set around a table laden with cloth and framed pictures, many leaning up against it; other objects are visible, including a helmet and goblet and a large lantern on the floor at centre right. Buyers sitting and standing around the table; one bends to inspect some fabric. An auctioneer seated in an elevated position at centre left has just started bidding on a framed picture presented for consideration by a porter. The elderly figure sitting in the left foreground, wearing a cloth cap and catching our eye is closely comparable with the costume and expression of Rembrandt's self-portrait of 1658 (Frick Collection).

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1940) by Barron, E. Evelyn


19th Century-20th Century#
Circa 1886 - Circa 1918

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Robert Spence
  • Location: Margin, lower right, directly below the plate mark
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in graphite
  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.48-1940
Primary reference Number: 305756
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Audit data

Created: Monday 23 August 2021 Updated: Thursday 2 March 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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