[Christ healing the sick] [4 top left corner]
Etching, 275 x 390mm (10¾ x 15½"). Fine impression printed in brown; thread margins; glued to backing sheet at corners, stain, one small hole top centre.
Thomas Worlidge's (1700-66) copy of Rembrandt's famous 'hundred guilder print', depicting Christ healing the sick and debating with the Pharisees. Its sobriquet originated with a story that Rembrandt himself had to pay this (then exorbitant) price to buy back an impression. Since Rembrant etched his plate in 1648 it was celebrated as his most complex and ambitious print, and its masterful lighting compared with his 'Night Watch'. Its lasting influence in England is demonstrated by both Worlidge's attempt to take up the challenge of emulating Rembrandt, and by Captain William Baillie's notorious reissuing of the (heavily-worked) original plate. Posthumous impression: after Worlidge's death, his prints were republished by his widow with numbers added in the plate corners to correspond with her 1767 sale catalogue of Worlidge prints. The 'English Rembrandt', Worlidge (1700-66) was a pupil of Alessandro Maria Grimaldi, whose daughter Arabella he married.
State iii/iii; W4; D54
[Ref: 32729] £220.00