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The Rest on the Flight: a night piece

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Amsterdam (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1644 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and drypoint

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Chauncey Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Etching and drypoint depicting a night scene of a man, woman and child resting under a tree with a lantern hanging from a branch. On the right there is a head of donkey in the shadow.

Place of Origin

Amsterdam (made)


ca. 1644 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Etching and drypoint


Height: 9.1 cm, Width: 5.7 cm

Object history note

Townshend Bequest

Descriptive line

Etching and drypoint by Rembrandt van Rijn, 'The Rest on the Flight: a night piece', fourth state, ca.1644.

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

Taken from V&A Internal Catalogue
Bartsch, Adam von. Catalogue raisonné de toutes les estampes qui forment l'oeuvre de Rembrandt (Vienna, 1797), B.57.
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).
Blanc, Charles, L'oeuvre complet de Rembrandt, décrit et commenté, (Paris, 1859-61).
Hind, Arthur M. A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings. (London: Methuen and Co. Ltd., 1923).
Biörklund George. Rembrandt's Etchings, True and False: A Summary Catalogue in a Distinctive Chronological Order and Completely Illustrated, (Stockholm, London & Paris, 1955) (2nd ed. 1968).
Taken from Register of Engravings 1868-1869, 23200 to 33884 Townshend Bequest


Paper (fiber product)


Etching (printing process); Drypoint

Subjects depicted

Tree; Lanterns (lighting devices); Night; Donkey


Prints; Religion; Christianity


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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