Collection Online
The Blindness of Tobit: the larger plate
etching and drypoint
16.2 × 12.9 cm (plate) 16.9 × 13.5 cm (sheet)
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Bartsch 42; Hind 252; White & Boon 42 i/ii; NHD 265 i/ii
1st of 2 states
printed in ink l.c.: Rembrandt f 1651
Accession Number
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1891
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
Foolscap fragment
The Foolscap watermark is an emblem of the court jester and likely originates from Germany. An early example is found in 1340 and by the mid 16th century the mark is often accompanied by a countermark of the many different papermakers who adopted the motif throughout Germany, France and Switzerland. The collar of the Foolscap watermark is usually depicted with either a five-pointed, seven-pointed or nine-pointed collar, the five-point motif is thought to be the earlier design and the seven-point is likely a French design. The Foolscap watermark was commonly applied to sheets designed for printing and writing with standard dimensions and therefore the term 'Foolscap' is still used today to reference a standard size sheet. In England the Foolscap watermark was superseded by the figure of Britannia yet retained the same standard dimension for printing and writing papers.
Watermark and variant description
Foolscap fragment - The numeral 4 and three roundels below.
Chain Line Interval
24-25 mm
Laid Line Frequency
12 per cm
Placement and spacing of wires
? x ? [?|24|?] x ?
Wire Side
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