The Original in the Collection of John Blackwood.
London, Published March 1830, by A. Friedel 34, Surry Street, Strand. Dean & Mundays, Lithography 35 Threadneedle Street.
Lithograph, rare with large margins. 406 x 273mm. 16 x 10¾".
A man sat at a writing table with papers and manuscript, sharpening his quill. The same picture was engraved in mezzotint by Richard Houston in the 18th century, by which time the picture was already in the collection of John Blackwood (Charrington 83; Alexander et al 96). This lithograph crops the composition to focus more on the figure sat at a table. The painting on which this print is based is unknown. The central motif resembles that of Rembrandt's portrait of an unknown man sharpening a quill (Kassel, Schloss Wilhelmshohe) with the other elements in the print resembling those from other Rembrandt paintings, suggesting that the source image was a pastiche intended to pass for one of Rembrandt's own.
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