|Artist||James McArdell after Rembrandt van Rijn|
|Published||Published by Edward Fisher and William Wynne Ryland & Henry Bryer [n.d. c. 1742-65]|
|Dimensions||Image 428 x 350 mm, [Pl. 507 x 351 mm], Sheet 500 x|
A man in a soft cap leans over a table holding a compass demonstrating a problem to a boy to his left whose head is on hands, globes and mathematical instruments in the foreground. Before publication line. With McArdell's and Rembrandt's names in text, title in closed thick and thin letters.
James McArdell (1729-1765) was a mezzotinter. He was born in Dublin, and studied under Brooks. He travelled to London with Brooks c. 1746. McArdell is regarded as the outstanding mezzotinter of the so-called Dublin school, concentrating mostly on portraits. He is believed to have been Reynolds favourite engraver. He published his own plates, most of which were purchased after his death by Robert Sayer.
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.
Charrington 107 ii/iii, Goodwin - McArdell 213 iii/iv
Condition: Trimmed just outside the plate mark on the top and into the inscription space on the bottom removing the publication line, a small tear into the image upper right and a crease in the upper right, a short tear in the left margin not affecting the image or plate, some light rubbing to the surface, some very light creasing to paper.