Wenceslaus Hollar

Part of Tangier from Above

Part of Tangier from Above 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
Part of Tangier from Above
Artist/creator
Production date
1670
Medium
etching
Dimensions
125 x 215 mm
Inscription
8. Part of Tangier from Above, without the water gate.. 1. The Watergate or Sandwich Tower. 2. English Church. 3. Portuguese Church. 4. The Head Court of Guaro. W Hollar Delineauit et Sculpsit 1670. (lower margin l. to r.). Arms of Amsterdam. Inscribed verso lower right, ink, '8' [this is an ordinal number, perhaps taken from later states]. Inscribed verso lower right, pencil, 'P1188' [Parthey 1188]..
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/3/135
Other ID
1189 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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