The Quacksalver, Beggar man and beggar woman conversing, and Beggar Seated Warming His Hands at a Chafing Dish (after Rembrandt), c.1766
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3 x 2 in
François Vivares was known to have produced several copies of images after older masters, such as, in this case, Rembrandt van Rijn. In this set, Vivares reproduces "The Quacksalver" (1635, Bartsch 129), "Beggar man and beggar woman conversing" (1630, Bartsch 164), and "Beggar Seated Warming His Hands at a Chafing Dish" (ca. 1630, Bartsch 173). These images of beggars and characters of the street seem as though Rembrandt made them from life, though often, like Vivares, Rembrandt took inspiration from or copied earlier artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Lucas van Leyden, Antonio Tempesta, and Jacques Callot. That Vivares found a market for Rembrandt's prints in the 1760s demonstrates the master's lasting legacy and popularity among collectors then as now. 3 x 2 inches each print 13.5 x 20.25 inches, frame Each print signed "F.V. fecit" in the plate, lower left Each print inscribed with Rembrandt's name or initials in the plate Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting; housed in a gold finish wood moulding. Overall good condition; some planar distortion in corners of prints; frame in excellent condition.