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Self-portrait in a velvet cap with plume
13.5 × 10.5 cm (plate) 13.9 × 10.8 cm (sheet)
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Bartsch 20; Hind 156; White & Boon 20; NHD 170 ii/iv
2nd of 4 states
printed in ink u.l.: Rembrandt. f / 1638
Accession Number
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1933
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


Watermark Form
Arms of Ravensburg
Arms of Ravensburg, also known as Arms of Regensburg or Two Towers, originated in the city of Ravensburg, Germany. This motif represents the many ‘city gates’ in Ravensburg and is a modified form of the city's coat of arms. In the mid-16th century watermarks with two towers distinguished superior quality paper over watermarks with one tower, a lesser quality paper. A variation of the Two Towers motif was used by papermakers in Eastern France.
Watermark and variant description
Arms of Ravensburg - variant C.a. Fragments with what appears to be battlements, probably arms of Ravensburg: two towers with a gate between, on a console.
Related watermarks in the NGV collection
See the Two towers watermark in Agony in the Garden, The Holy Family with St John, the Magdalen and Nicodemus, and The Agony in the Garden by Albrecht Dürer.
Closely related watermark references
Churchill 273 (1642, as 'Arms of Regensburg', found in manuscript; Heawood 3936 (1646, Amsterdam); Wibiral 17 (1660-70); Tromonin 1327-28 (1647), 1634 (1652); Similar watermark in Ash and Fletcher 1998, 62.
Chain Line Interval
20-23 mm
Laid Line Frequency
10 per cm
Placement and spacing of wires
? x 7 [16|23|16] x 5
Wire Side
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