Wenceslaus Hollar

The Coast Near Plymouth

The Coast Near Plymouth by Wenceslaus Hollar

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This is one of a group of views of the harbour at Plymouth in south-west England which show that Hollar’s appreciation of landscape had not diminished in his old age. Even in the year before his death he was capable of producing delicate and nuanced scenes of otherwise unremarkable subjects. Hollar had sailed from Plymouth for Tangier in July 1669. He often returned to his drawings after many years and the studies for these etchings may have been made at that time.

The Coast Near Plymouth
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66 x 141 mm
W Hollar Delin Et Sculp: 1646 (lower margin l). By Plymouth (upper c). Verso; (pencil) 5 (u.l.) P. 933/13 (u.l.) Five pounds (sterling) (l.c.) M.W. Collectors stamp (l.l.). Stamped verso bottom left, ink, 'H.W.' (see photograph). Owner's stamp of Hermann Webber (1817-1854), Lugt 1383.. Inscribed verso top left, pencil, 'P933 / 13' [Parthey 933]..
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Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
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933 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
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International Art
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Not on display

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