The Holy Family.
Mezzotint. 445 x 325mm, 17 x 13".
The Virgin Mary crouched, holding the infant Christ. On the right stands the infant John the Baptist, astride a sheep, and the elderly St. Anne. Jan van Rymsdyk (1730–90), is best known for his engravings for William Hunter's 'Anatomia uteri umani gravidi' (The anatomy of the human gravid uterus exhibited in figures), published 1774. Challoner Smith describes a portrait of the Prince & Princess of Orange as 'his only known mezzotinto' (CS p.1044). He was a collector of drawings, and owned thirty-odd important items, including ones by Rembrandt and Van Dyck. He engraved this plate with his son, Andreas.
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