The Rat Catcher

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

Dutch, 1606 - 1669

The Rat Catcher, 1632

  • Not On View

Etching on paper

Dimensions: 5 1/2 × 4 15/16 in. (14 × 12.5 cm)

Gift of The Whiting Foundation through Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Johnson, 1970.15

This work depicting a rat catcher going door to door to sell his services is a good example of Rembrandt’s interest in popular types and genre scenes. The artist has included amusing details, such as the rat (who seems more a pet than a pest) perched on the peddler’s shoulder and the look of disgust and horror on the face of the homeowner.

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