Collection Online
Ephraim Bonus, Jewish physician
etching, engraving and drypoint
20.8 × 17.7 cm (image) 24.2 × 17.7 cm (plate) 24.4 × 18.0 cm (sheet)
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Bartsch 278; Hind 226 ii/ii; White & Boon 278 ii/ii; NHD 237 ii/ii
2nd of 2 states
printed in ink l.r.: Rembrandt f 1647
Accession Number
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Everard Studley Miller Bequest, 1959
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Costume Portraits
Subjects (specific)
booksellers (people) Bueno, Ephraïm hats Jewish (culture or style) physicians poets sitters translators


Watermark Form
The Basilisk is a mythical beast that can be described as a giant reptilian, with the form of a lizard or snake, sometimes mixed with bird-like features such as a rooster's beak, eagle-like claws, and scaly wings. The beast is also referred to as a cockatrice. The Basilisk became a symbol of the city of Basel in Switzerland, and is the mark of a Swiss paper. The Crozier is another symbol of Basel, referencing the crook of the Bishop of Basel's staff, seen here below the Basilisk's beak. The Basel Crozier symbol appears on coins of the 11th and 12th centuries in Switzerland. Early seals of the city show symbols of a house or gate and in this watermark the Basilisk perches a claw on top of the roof of a small house below. The general watermark design has been attributed to the Heusler papermaking family in Basel.
Watermark and variant description
Basilisk - variant A.a.a. Basilisk with one foot above a house and a Basel crosier in its beak. Knobbly silhouette. The initial RP below. Chain line through the centre of the watermark.
Closely related watermark references
Churchill 286 (1630, watermark of Heusler of Basel); Heawood 844 (1644, Leiden, printed book).
Chain Line Interval
24 mm
Laid Line Frequency
12 per cm
Placement and spacing of wires
117 x 9 [15|23|23] x 14
Wire Side
Radiograph taken from