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


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

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

Etching depicting a man wearing a hat with a feather facing the viewer, sitting to the right of a table either drawing or writing. A woman sits behind, turned slightly to the left, facing the viewer.

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: 10.7 cm trimmed to, Width: 9.5 cm trimmed to

Descriptive line

Etching by Rembrandt van Rijn, 'Self portrait with Saskia', first state. Netherlands, 1636.

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).
White, Christopher and Boon, Karel G. Rembrandt's Etchings: an Illustrated Critical Catalogue. (Amsterdam: Van Gendt & Co; London: A. Zwemmer Ltd., 1969).
Hind, Arthur M. A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings. (London: Methuen and Co. Ltd., 1923).
Bartsch, Adam von, 1757-1821. The illustrated Bartsch. (New York: Abaris Books, 1978).
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 Order and Completely Illustrated , (Stockholm, London & Paris, 1955) (2nd ed. 1968)
Taken from the Register of Engravings 1896-1901


Paper; Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Hat; Clothing, Costume


Prints; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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