Wenceslaus Hollar

Title Plate: Divers Prospects in and about Tangier

Title Plate: Divers Prospects in and about Tangier by Wenceslaus Hollar

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The English colonists of Tangier rechristened the old Portuguese ortifications with familiar names, including Peterborough Tower and York Castle. The king’s palace at Whitehall lent its name to a resort beyond the main fortifications that included a bowling green and arbour. Fashionable with the senior officials and their families, Hollar depicted Whitehall with a game of lawn bowls in progress. Several of Hollar’s views show the Mole (or Mould), the masonry structure with which the English created an artificial harbour. The stone was quarried nearby and carried to the site by horse-drawn carts. Construction began in 1663 and the Mole was 437 metres long when work ceased in 1680. This remarkable piece of engineering was blown up when the English evacuated Tangier in 1683.

Title Plate: Divers Prospects in and about Tangier
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128 x 215 mm
1. Divers Prospects in and About/Tangier/Exactly Delineated by. W. Hollar; His Mayties. (in cartouche) Designers, A 1669, and by. him Afterwards/To Satisfie The Curious, Etchd in copper, and. are to be sold by John Overton at the White Horse, without Newgate,. London, 1673. (lower margin l to r). Prospect of Ye North Side of Tangier Regarding The Mayne Sea from. the Hill as you come from Whitby of the West, Toward the Towne.. Arms of Amsterdam. Inscribed recto lower right, ink, '1' [this is an ordinal number, perhaps taken from later states]. Inscribed recto bottom right, pencil, 'P1187' [Parthey 1187]..
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Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
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1187 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
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International Art
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