|Artist||William Pether after Rembrandt van Rijn|
|Published||Publish'd March 1st, 1764, according to Act of Parliament, J. Boydell, Engraver in Cheapside London.|
|Dimensions||Image 455 x 355 mm, Plate 510 x 360 mm, Sheet 528 x 385 mm|
A half-length portrait of a Rabbi. The Rabbi sits facing the viewer with his hands clasped across his front. He is wearing a white turban and a cloak which is joined by an elaborate gold clasp encrusted with jewels on the chest. In the background is a chair and desk, upon which is an open book and various religious emblems.
William Pether (c.1738 - 1821) was an English mezzotint engraver and portrait painter. Born in Carlisle, Pether became a pupil of the painter and mezzotint engraver Thomas Frye, with whom he entered into partnership in 1761. A fellow of the Incorporated Society of Artists, he contributed to its exhibitions paintings, miniatures, and engravings from 1764 to 1777. He was also an occasional exhibitor with the Free Society and the Royal Academy. His many pupils included the painters and mezzotint engravers Henry Edridge, and Edward Dayes. His last plate published in London is dated 1793, and he exhibited at the Royal Academy for the last time in 1794.
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history, and was active during the Dutch Golden Age. He started as a portrait painter, and is well known for his self portraits, even though the most of his work consists of biblical and historical pieces. He first started experimenting with etching in 1628, which would become his main focus between 1642-1652. He produced over 300 etchings and often made changes to the plates during the printing process, resulting in many different states.
Chaloner Smith 1883 39 ii/ii
Condition: Rubbed. Some foxing and toning to sheet, areas of wear to title area.