Wenceslaus Hollar

Boats Sailing Into Plymouth Sound

Boats Sailing Into Plymouth Sound by Wenceslaus Hollar

Artwork Detail Request a print

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.

Boats Sailing Into Plymouth Sound
Production date
Size (h x w)
58 x 135 mm
By Plymouth (upper c). Plimstoke/Cat Water (centre l). W Hollar Fecit 1676 (lower r). Verso; (pencil) 6. (u.l.) Six pounds sterling (c) P.934. 14 (l.r.). Inscribed verso bottom centre, pencil, 'P 934 / 14' [Parthey 934]..
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
Other ID
934 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

If you’re interested in reproducing this artwork, you can enquire here.

Request a print