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The Triumph of Mordecai

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Amsterdam (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1641 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and drypoint

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 5, box A

Physical description

Etching and drypoint depicting a crowd of people greet a man (Mordecai) on horseback with a turbaned figure in front of him. Through an archway can be seen a building with a cupola. The left of the archway is shaded while the right side of the image is bathed in light.

Place of Origin

Amsterdam (made)


ca. 1641 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Etching and drypoint

Marks and inscriptions

[collector's mark? JK in circle - unidentified]
Lower left, stamped on back

[watermark 'WR']
Top centre, sideways on. Resembles base of the Strasburg Bend and Strasburg Lily watermark, see Eric Hinterding, Rembrandt the Printmaker. But there is no adjoining line running up from the W.


Height: 17.4 cm, Width: 21.5 cm

Descriptive line

Etching and drypoint by Rembrandt van Rijn, 'The Triumph of Mordecai'. Amsterdam, ca. 1641.

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

Taken from V&A Internal Catalogue
White, Christopher and Boon, Karel G. Rembrandt's Etchings: An Illustrated Critical Catalogue in Two Volumes, I. Text. (Amsterdam: Van Gendt & Co; London: A. Zwemmer Ltd., 1969).
Hind, Arthur M. A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings. (London: Methuen and Co. Ltd., 1923), p. 86.
Bartsch, Adam von. Catalogue raisonné de toutes les estampes qui forment l'oeuvre de Rembrandt (Vienna, 1797).
Hollstein, F. W. H. (Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich), 1888-1957. Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700. (Amsterdam: M. Hertzberger, 1949-), vol. 18-19.

Eric Hinterding. Rembrandt the Printmaker. 9London: British Museum Press, 2000).
Blanc, Charles, L'œuvre complet de Rembrandt, décrit et commenté, (Paris, 1859-61).
Biörklund George. Rembrandt’s Etchings, True and False: A Summary Catalogue in a Distinctive Chronological Ordre and Completely Illustrated , (Stockholm, London & Paris, 1955) (2nd ed. 1968).

Labels and date

In the left-hand corner of this print the white spine which stands up in relief between the central furrow and the burr of the dry-point line can be seen with the naked eye.

Printmaking Techniques Gallery, Henry Cole Wing [1983]


Printing ink; Paper


Etching (printing process); Drypoint

Subjects depicted

Horse; Turbans; Spears; Hats; Dagger; Archway; Crowds; Fur; Building; Cape


Prints; Religion; Christianity


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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