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ETCHING Six's Bridge
Six's bridge (B210) made in 1645.
Etching, state II(3).
The image size is 12.9 x 22.4 cm.
The traditional title, to which the inscription in an eighteenth-century hand also refers, is inaccurate. The scene is not the country estate of Jan Six (which was in Hillegom) but more probably that which belonged to the Amsterdam Burgomaster Albert Burgh, which was on the Amstel. To the left of the picture we see the steeple of Ouderkerk church, a good fifteen miles away from Hillegom. This is one of Rembrandt's most spontaneous, drawing-like landscape etchings. It gives the distinct impression that it has been made in the open air.
Handprinted etching: how do we make the most beautiful reproductions of Rembrandt's etchings? First the etching is photographed. The best photograph is transferred to a copper plate which is covered with a special layer to make it sensitive to light. All the unexposed areas in this layer where black lines occur can then be washed away. The copper is exposed and grooves are created when the plate is subsequently immersed in a bath of acid. While looking through a stereomicroscope the engraver cuts the lines in the plate by hand. He uses a sharp burin and works with meticulous care, constantly comparing his work with the original, following the hand of Rembrandt. Once the plate is ready, it can be printed. The printing is done by hand. The final result comes very close to Rembrandt's original. It is as if the master himself has been at work.
The etching is available without (w.m.) or with a mount. The mount is cream coloured, 30 x 40 cm.