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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.
- View of Tianjin (near Beijing)
- Production date
- 285 x 191 mm
- Tiencienwey (upper c). Grapes. Inscribed recto upper right, pencil, 'P1171' [Parthey 1171] and 'P111'. Inscribed verso upper right, pencil, 'P1174' [Parthey 1174]..
- Credit line
- Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
- Accession no
- Other ID
- 1174 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
- No known copyright restrictions
- International Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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