Sir David Young Cameron, The Meuse, 1907
From the museum website
The Society of Painters-Etchers was founded in London in 1880. Thanks to its efforts English etching enjoyed a golden age around the turn of the century. This development would have been inconceivable without the influence of Rembrandt’s graphic work. The exhibition will feature around 100 etchings by celebrated English artists like Francis Seymour Haden, James Abbot McNeil Whistler and David Young Cameron alongside etchings by Rembrandt from the collection of the Rembrandt House Museum. By bringing these artists’ prints face to face with Rembrandt’s work this exhibition will show how they assimilated and interpreted Rembrandt’s ideas, and how they struck out on new paths of their own.
Rembrandt was born in Leiden in 1606. In that same year the house in Amsterdam in which he was to live during his heyday was being built. In 1906 plans were made to convert this very house into a museum. One hundred years later Holland celebrates Rembrandt’s 400th birthday. The share of the Rembrandt House in the celebrations consists of four major Rembrandt exhibitions:
Rembrandt and English etching (17 December 2005-12 March 2006)
Rembrandt: the quest of a genius (1 April-2 July 2006)
Rembrandt: the etcher
(8 July-3 September 2006)
Uylenburgh & son: art and commerce in Rembrandt’s time (16 September-10 December 2006)
Many paintings will return to the place where they were made four centuries ago to be shown at these four exhibitions.