George Hendrik Breitner (Amsterdam, 1857-1923) was registered as a “werkend lid” (active member) of the Nederlandsche Etsclub (Dutch Etchingclub) since 1888.
Amongst his earliest experiments with etching a small self-portrait (Bionda 3). His etched oeuvre consisting of only 22 known prints. Probably Philip Zilcken encouraged Breitner to start etching. Breitner was instructed by Willem Witsen who also printed his etchings and provided him with materials.
Breitner never sold his etching plates and in that way controlled directly the editions of his etchings himself after which he sold them to dealers like E.J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam.
Artists like van der Weele, A.F. Reicher, Willem Steelink and Willem Witsen made etched reproductions after paintings by Breitner.
Amongst the subjects for his etchings are nudes, a self-portrait, military scenes and only three known city views like our etching.
The Leidseplein, Amsterdam was a favoured location by Breitner for drawing as well as photographing.
Two series known of our etching known; one series of 10 copies and an open edition.
Our copy is a unique and very fine proof impression of this impressionist etching by George Hendrik Breitner. The original zinc plate preserved in the coll. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
 R.W.A. Bionda, Breitner als etser. Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum, jaargang 35, 1987, nummer 4. p. 283-307.