On Display Scottish National Gallery
Rembrandt’s print shows the Amsterdam preacher Jan Cornelis Sylvius. He was a relative of Saskia van Uylenburgh whom Rembrandt married the year after. Sylvius became the godfather of their first child. This black impression was pulled from the so-called third state of Rembrandt’s etching plate, when the wear occurring due to heavy use had been repaired by a different hand after his death. An earlier impression taken form the second state of the plate and printed in red ink is also in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland (REMBRANDT.98 A). The original copperplate is not in existence anymore.