Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69)
'The Omval, near Amsterdam'
Etching (Bartsch 209, State II)
Museum no. CAI 609
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
In the late 19th century, connoisseurs and collectors took renewed interest in Rembrandt's delightfully informal etchings of village and river scenes. The Omval inspired the amateur etcher Francis Seymour Haden to explore the drypoint technique and begin a series of Thames views. This ambitious project, in which he intended to collaborate with his brother-in-law Whistler, was the origin of Whistler's Thames Set.