Wenceslaus Hollar

The Brussels Packet

The Brussels Packet by Wenceslaus Hollar

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Hollar often travelled by boat along rivers and canals

as well as on the open sea, avoiding the poor roads

and the threat of thieves and highwaymen. Ships such

as these plied the waters off the Netherlands, carrying

passengers and merchandise. Similar vessels would

have been used to cross the English Channel, which

Hollar did a number of times. Storms, strong winds and tides meant that the crossing could take many days, and sometimes had to be abandoned altogether.

The Brussels Packet
Production date
141 x 234 mm
De Heu Van Brussels (upper c.). De Convoy van Mechelan (centre 1.). Antuerpen (centre r.. Verso; (pencil) D1269 (l.l.). Coat of arms with a lion on all four legs, on a diagonal, with coronet, and with 'WR' suspended from bottom of arms.. Inscribed verso bottom left, pencil, 'P1269' [Parthey 1269]..
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
Other ID
1269 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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