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The Mathematician: P.15028-R

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Current Location: In storage


The Mathematician
The Mathematician, a Scholar with Dividers and a Set Square at a Table in His Study Attended by a Pupil


Printmaker: McArdell, James
Painter: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (After)




After the painting previously thought to be by Rembrandt but now attributed to School of Rembrandt, (1600-1700; Chequers Court, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Inv. No. 106). On the right, a standing male figure wearing a soft velvet cap and seen in profile facing left leans over a table holding a pair of dividers onto a manuscript with his right hand. He is watched by a younger man seated at the table to the left. A pair of globes are seen in the foreground to the left.


History note: VanSittart gave 1,485 engravings to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1879 and this mezzotint was probably included within this group. The number written on the verso in graphite presumably relates to some kind of count by curators at the time of the acquisition. A curatorial annotation in the FM copy of Chaloner Smith (p.907) lists 'The Mathematican' as '202' and gives the Goodwin reference 'G G 213'.

Legal notes

Given by Augustus Arthur VanSittart, ?1879

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by VanSittart, Augustus Arthur


18th Century#
Circa 1740 - Circa 1765


Mezzotint, same direction. Lower edge of the inscription and platemark trimmed away. State after inscription. Engraved with title and artist's name in italics, closed roman uppercase and gothic lettering: 'The Mathematician / Done form the ORIGINAL PICTURE painted by REMBRANDT. / By James McArdell'. Inscribed on the verso in graphite: 'Vansittart Collection'; '311'. See also impressions of first and second states; P.5839-R and P.5922-R.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.15028-R
Primary reference Number: 240090
Goodwin (McArdell): 213.II
Alexander (Rembrandt): 107.III/IV (p.135)
Charrington (Rembrandt): 107.III/IV (pp.84-5)
Chaloner Smith: undescribed (listed by annotation, p.907)
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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