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The Three Trees

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Amsterdam (made)

  • Date:

    1643 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and drypoint with burin

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

The view has been identified as taken near the Diemerdijk, in the immediate vicinity of Amsterdam. This is the largest and finest of Rembrandt's landscape etchings, extraordinarily confidently-worked with direct needle and burin lines. Drawn on one of the artist's many expeditions into the rather flat countryside around the city, here he introduces an intense feeling of drama into the landscape by contrasting the brilliant lights and darks of a sky filled with stormclouds.

Physical description

Etching, drypoint and burin depicting a landscape with three trees on the banks of a river.

Place of Origin

Amsterdam (made)


1643 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Etching and drypoint with burin

Marks and inscriptions

Rembrandt f 1643
Signed and dated


Height: 21.3 cm, Width: 27.9 cm

Object history note

C.A. Ionides Bequest.

Descriptive line

Etching, drypoint and burin by Rembrandt van Rijn, 'The Three Trees'. Amsterdam, 1643.

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.212
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).


Paper (fiber product); Printing ink


Etching (printing process); Drypoint

Subjects depicted

Weather; Clouds; Landscape; Trees


Prints; Designs; Printmaking techniques; Landscapes


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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