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The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds
etching, engraving and drypoint
26.1 × 21.9 cm (plate) 26.9 × 22.7 cm (sheet)
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Bartsch 44; Hind 120 iii/iii; White & Boon 44 iii/iii; NHD 125 iii/vi
3rd of 6 states
printed in ink l.r.: Rembrandt. f. 1634
Accession Number
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
From the collection of James Fairfax AO, Honorary Life Benefactor - Presented through the NGV Foundation by Bridgestar Pty Ltd, 2003
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
Strasbourg lily
The Strasbourg lily watermark shows a shield with a fleur-de-lis surmounted by a crown. There are many variants of the Strasbourg lily motif used by papermakers in Strasbourg, and some variants have also been connected to South-West France from the mid-17th century onward.
Watermark and variant description
Strasbourg lily - D.a.b. Fleur-de-lis on a crowded shield. Two bands in the crown, jewels in the upper one. The sheild has a scallopped top but no side scrolls. The initals 4WR.
Additional notes
This example includes the monogram 'WR' below the shield and refers to the papermill of Wendelin Richel or Rihel, a printer and papermaker from Strasbourg in the 16th century.
Closely related watermark references
Churchill 427; Heawood 1722 (1628), 1724 (1617), 1746 (1647), 1748 (1644).
Chain Line Interval
24-27 mm
Laid Line Frequency
10 per cm
Placement and spacing of wires
133 x ? [3|27|16] x 8
Wire Side
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