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  • Self portrait with his wife Saskia
    Rembrandt van Rijn, born 1606 - died 1669
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Self portrait with his wife Saskia

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    1636 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rembrandt van Rijn, born 1606 - died 1669 (artist)
    Rembrandt van Rijn, born 1606 - died 1669 (etcher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Rembrandt painted and drew a great many records of his own features, now highly prized for their penetrating introspection. His flamboyant self-image here contrasts strongly with the more low-key versions created a decade later.

Physical description

Rembrandt, wearing a hat with a feather, sits to the right of a table facing the viewer, drawing or writing. Saskia sits behind.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)


1636 (made)


Rembrandt van Rijn, born 1606 - died 1669 (artist)
Rembrandt van Rijn, born 1606 - died 1669 (etcher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Rembrandt.f. / 1636
Signed and dated top left


Height: 10.4 cm trimmed to max, Width: 9.6 cm trimmed to max

Object history note

Bequeathed by C.A. Ionides, 1900. Nominal file number MA/1/I246

Descriptive line

Self portrait with his wife; etching by Rembrandt van Rijn; 1636; first state

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hind, Arthur M. A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings. (London: Methuen and o. Ltd., 1923), no. 144.
White, Christopher and Boon, Karel G. Rembrandt's Etchings: an Illustrated Critical Catalogue. (Amsterdam: Van Gendt & Co; London: A. Zwemmer Ltd., 1969), no. B.19.
The Catalogue of the Constantine Alexander Ionides Collection. London. Victoria and Albert Museum, 1904, 716.
Bartsch, Adam von, 1757-1821. The illustrated Bartsch. New York : Abaris Books, 1978, 19.
Bartsch, Adam von. Catalogue raisonné de toutes les estampes qui forment l'oeuvre de Rembrandt Vienna, 1797. no. 19.


Paper; Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Clothing, Costume; Hat


Prints; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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