Collection Online
The Omval
etching, drypoint and etched tone
18.6 × 22.7 cm (plate) 19.0 × 23.0 cm (sheet)
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Bartsch 209; Hind 210 i/ii; White & Boon 209 ii/ii; NHD 221 ii/iii
2nd of 3 states
printed in ink l.r.: Rembrandt. 1645
Accession Number
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1958
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
Countermark WK
Early European papers were made with a watermark and a secondary mark known as a countermark. Each mark is traditionally sewn in the centre of each half of the paper mould. Papermakers would often design watermarks and countermarks to represent their own monogram or personal symbol to distinguish their paper. Initials are commonly used as countermarks and can signify the papermakers name, the name of the paper mill, a place name, or a patrons name. The intials WK is possibly the countermark to the Strasbourg lily E'.a.
Watermark and variant description
Countermark WK - variant WK'.a.a. The monogram WK, single-wired. Chain line through the centre of the watermark. The countermark to Strasbourg lily, variant E'.a.
Related watermarks in the NGV collection
Countermark WK is connected with watermark Strasbourg lily, variant E'.a. found in the paper of NGVs Rembrandt impression St Francis beneath a tree, praying.
Chain Line Interval
22-23 mm
Laid Line Frequency
10 per cm
Placement and spacing of wires
? X ? [?|20] x 4
Wire Side
Radiograph taken from