Wenceslaus Hollar (Artist) Unknown artist (After)

View of Gaoyou (Jiangsu Province)

View of Gaoyou (Jiangsu Province) by Wenceslaus Hollar, Unknown artist
View of Gaoyou (Jiangsu Province) by Wenceslaus Hollar, Unknown artist

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Along with conventional views of cities and landscapes

seen here, Hollar’s prints for Ogilby’s China illustrate

exotic plants and animals and curiously dressed locals.

As strict copies, Hollar’s etchings include all of the

exaggerations and inaccuracies of the Dutch originals.

A successful entrepreneur, John Ogilby recognised the

growing public appetite for richly illustrated publications.

He was among the first to employ Hollar following the

artist’s return to London in 1652. The work of copying the original plates for this book was shared among a

number of artists and one view here is attributed to

Hollar’s friend Francis Place. With an English-language

text and numerous illustrations, Ogilby’s book provided a

British audience an unprecedented – though not entirely

accurate – insight into life in the Orient.

Title
View of Gaoyou (Jiangsu Province)
Artist/creator
Production date
1664
Medium
etching
Dimensions
198 x 181 mm
Inscription
Kajutsiu (upper c). Grapes. Inscribed verso bottom left, pencil, 'P1150' [Parthey 1150]..
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/3/129
Other ID
1150 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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