Rembrandt van Rijn - The Annunciation, after 1655

Copy after Rembrandt van Rijn (Leyden, 1606 - 1669, Amsterdam)

The Annunciation, after 1655

Brown ink on paper (affixed to another sheet), 15.2 x 21 cm (6 x 8 1/4 in.)


Object details

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Collection of Jonathan Richardson (1667-1745), English painter, writer and collector.
Collection of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), English artist and first President of the Royal Academy.
Sold at an unidentified Christie's sale in May 1873 (?).
Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection by 1903.


Impressed (lower right): JR [in monogram] (collector's mark of the English painter Jonathan Richardson (1667-1745), the English painter, Lugt no. 2184)
Stamped (lower right, in black-brown ink): SR / IR (cut off on bottom) in a square (collector's mark of the English painter Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Lugt no. 2364)
Inscribed (upper center, verso, in black-brown ink): U-like shape with an uppercase J-shape touching and directly belowing it (an unclear mark; unidenified) [cut off at the top of the sheet]
Inscribed (on a separate slip, in pencil): Rembrandt, from Sir Joshua Reynold's collection. / Sold at Christy's [sic], May 1873.


Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p. 16. (as by Rembrandt)
Philip Hendy. Catalogue of the Exhibited Paintings and Drawings (Boston, 1931), p. 298. (as influenced by Rembrandt)
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 189. (as by a follower of Rembrandt)
Rollin van N. Hadley (ed.). Drawings: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1968), pp. 29, 31-32, no. 14. (as a copy after a lost orignal by Rembrandt made around 1650-1655)
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), p. 206.

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